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Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji)

The Sunda Scops Owls (Otus lempiji) is a small brown owl that is speckled with black on the upper parts and streaked with black on the lower parts. It has a light collar and dark eyes.

This taxon is considered a subspecies of the Collared Scops Owl, Otus bakkamoena. by some authors, including BirdLife International.


The Sunda Scops Owls grows from 20 to 25 cm and can weigh 100 to 170 grams.


It lives on the Malay Peninsula and some neighboring islands. It is mostly found in forests and gardens but will occasionally be attracted to buildings. It is very common throughout most of its habitat.

Diet / Feeding

It mainly consumes insects but will also eat rodents, lizards, and small birds.


The Sundra Scops owl lines its nest with plant fiber. It will lay up to 3 eggs in a tree hollow from January to April.


Its call is a whooping sound every ten to fifteen seconds.

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