Ryukyu or Elegant Scops Owls

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The Ryūkyū Scops-owl or Elegant Scops-owl (Otus elegans) is a rare owl in its natural habitat in semi-tropical evergreen forests on the Nansei Shoto islands, southern Japan, on Lanyu Island, off south-east Taiwan, and on the Batanes and Babuyan islands off northern Luzon, Philippines.



This is a small rufous-brown owl with a brown face disk and a cinnamon facial ruff. The beak is olive-grey. The eyes are yellow.


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