Backyard Birds

Sunda Scops Owl (Otus silvicola)

The Wallace’s Scops Owls (Otus silvicola) – also known as Sunda Scops Owls – are endemic to the remote islands of Sumbawa and Flores, part of the Lesser Sunda islands in Indonesia, where they are mostly resident.

They inhabit semi-evergreen forest, forest edges and submontane forests with bamboo thickets at elevations from 5,300 – 1,200 feet (~ 350 – 1600 meters).

They are also seen in urban or agricultural areas.

The Sunda Scops Owls are described as common in at least part of their range.


These small owls measure about 9 – 10 inches (~ 23 – 25 cm) in length.

The upper plumage is mostly brownish mottled. The facial disk is tan with pale eyebrows. The short ear tufts are brown with buff. The plumage below is whitish with dark streaks on the chest.

The chin is white. The wings are buff with whitish tips. They have orange-colored eyes.

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ????? … Czech: Výrecek lesní, výre?ek lesní … Danish: Sundadværghornugle … Dutch: Wallace’ Dwergooruil, Wallace-dwergooruil, Wallace’s Dwergooruil …Estonian: väike-sunda päll … Finnish: Pikkusundanpöllönen … French: Petit-duc de Wallace … German: Wallaceeule, Wallace-Eule, Wallace-Zwergohreule … Indonesian: Celepuk Wallacea … Italian: Assiolo di Wallace … Japanese: furoresukonohazuku, furoresuookonohazuku … Norwegian: Bambusugle … Polish: syczek plowy, syczek p?owy … Russian: ????? ??????? … Slovak: výrik plavý … Spanish: Autillo de Wallace … Swedish: Sundadvärguv

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