English: Scops Owl, European Scops-Owl, Common Scops-Owl Esperanto: Malgranda orelstrigo español: Autillo europeo suomi: Kyläpöllönen français: Petit-duc scops עברית: שעיר מצוי magyar: Füleskuvik հայերեն: Բվիկ եվրոպական italiano: Assiolo 日本語: コノハズク … Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018) (v.1) © Denis Lepage | IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4 (v.1) The brood is usually formed by three to six white eggs, of fairly round shape and the hatching, done by the female only, lasts about 25 days. Otus scops pulchellus: Volga R. to Lake Baikal and south to Altai and Tien Shan Mts. Who is for this grasshopper? The Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scopsis an indicator of extensively managed agricultural landscapes, typical of areas of high biodiversity. The species, although in marked reduction, is not considered as endangered. The weight may exceed the 100 g. Chicks stay in the nest for about three weeks and only at the fifth they learn to fly © Museo Civico di Lentate. The facial disk is little pronounced and slightly marked by a paler border with two usually lowered tufts. Bright yellow eye in the adults whilst the immatures ares slightly amber. Upcoming WMBD2020: 10 October 2020. The scops owl is an Euro-Asian strigid that occupies the whole Mediterranean area, the Middle East, the continental Russia and along the Asian temperate belt till to touch Mongolia. Vrezec, A. The chicks remain in the nest for three weeks after which they leave it, even if they keep not far, up to the fifth week, when they are able to fly. IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1 (v.1) Otus scops eats also May-bugs, Cockroaches, Cicades and Earthworms without omitting some birdy and chick as fits to a bird of prey © Museo Civico di Lentate sul Seveso. COVID-19 & MIGRATORY SPECIES. As it has been already shortly mentioned, the scops owl is one of the smallest Euro-Asian strigids reaching barely the length of 20 cm, measures equal to those of a large thrush. Enter your login name or your email address and click on Send reminder to receive a reminder by email. IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1 (v.1) The scops owl is a basically nocturnal bird and usually lives isolated, especially in the nesting period, even if during the migrations it may gather in small groups. Family:   Strigidae As for the Swallows (Hirundo rustica), the Common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) and many other migrating birds that annunce with their arrival the good season, the countrymen do not forget to cite it in a proverb they have that recites: “quando canta l’assiolo contadin pianta il fagiolo” (when the scops owl sings, the countryman plants the bean). IOC World Bird Names, version 10.2 (v.1) It is absent in the continental Europe, in England, and in the Scandinavian Peninsula. The Scops owl (Otus scops Linnaeus, 1758) belongs to the order of the Strigiformes and to the family of the Strigidae and is the smallest Euro-Asian member of … Others think that scops derives from the name of the mount Scopus that overlooks Jerusalem where this bird is quite common during the summer. In the winter sites it lives in bushy sparse and dry thickets, at times at the limit of desert areas. It lives also in olive groves, cultivated fields with small woods, small forests of conifers and at an altitude up to 2000 m, in sparse woods of deciduous trees. IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3 (v.1) OPEN ACCESS Journal + Issues. Otus [scops or cyprius] The onomatopoeic origin of the Italian vulgar name is evident but does not have any relation with the term Assiolo that is on the contrary a diminutive corruption of the Latin asio – auses = ear, to rightly indicate a characteristic of this small owl. Maybe it is due to this persistency, read as innate stubbornness, is at the origin of a popular saying that correlates the scops owl head to a cabbage head. There are a few ways by which you can help the development of this page, such as joining the Flickr group for photos or providing translations of the site in addition languages. Usually it doesn’t have aggressive behaviors, but, like many strigids, if menaced and without any escaping possibility, beats strongly the beak, dramatically opens the eyes, hisses and blows spreading its wings in order to scare the intruder. IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2 (v.1) The colour of its livery is the most camouflaged imaginable. Genus:   Otus, Short link:   https://avibase.ca/2C7AA154, Taxonomic Serial Number: Usually 3-5 eggs are laid and brooded by the female for approximately 25 days © Museo di Lentate sul Seveso. Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020) (v.1) Source: Clements checklist. The Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops(Scops Owl from here on) is presumably the least known owl species in Europe and also a species of conservation concern. ... CC Dave Farrow. Female caught in the nest that stretches its eyes even here a mimetic show-down © Museo Civico di Lentate. The Mediterranean scrub is typically the site preferred by this small owl where it finds ample shelter during the day and good spaces for its hunting activity. HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019) (v.1) It is not exactly know the maximum age this small nocturnal raptor can reach when free but there is a report of a more than 12 years old case. Lining against a trunk, in a mimetic posture, Otus scops is practically invisible © Gianfranco Colombo. It may also nidify in holes of old constructions and at times also in old nests of corvids. - Acrocephalus 22 (108): 149-154. (sensu lato) by some authors. The Scops owl (Otus scops Linnaeus, 1758) belongs to the order of the Strigiformes and to the family of the Strigidae and is the smallest Euro-Asian member of … Also Umberto Saba and Pierpaolo Pasolini cited the scops owl in their poems but not only poetry has been involved by the characteristic voice of this small strigid but also the cinema has made it a character in the Harry Potter saga. Also the etymology of the scientific binomen describes with precision its morphological characteristics. Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01 (v.1), Avibase has been visited 312,017,812 times since 24 June 2003. eBird version 2017 (v.5) Giovanni Pascoli with its very short poetry l’Assiuolo (the Scops owl), has been able to immortalize this small owl so much common in his native land, with the mastery of a perfect ornithologist, adding that emphasis typical of a poet attached to his land and to the sounds that have accompanied his youth. Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017) (v.1) Avibase taxonomic concepts (current) (v.1) https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.eursco1.01 Few larger than a common thrush, it reaches hardly 30 cm © Gianfranco Colombo. The young livery is few more prominent but very similar to the adults. A finely spotted plumage and striped by many shades of grey, brown and black and spotted by white spots on the alar cover as well as on the body. → To appreciate the biodiversity within the birds of prey and find other species please click here. IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2 (v.1) Typical call - Charyn River, Kazakhstan. To register to myAvibase click here. If surprised out during the day on its roost, it assumes the typical position of a dried branch, stretching to the extreme the body and leaning to the nearest trunk. Is discreete seen the necessity to perform long migrations, with a measure reaching the 50 cm during! 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