Moluccan Scops-Owl Otus magicus Scientific name definitions

Guy M. Kirwan, Denver W. Holt, Josep del Hoyo, Nigel Collar, Regan Berkley, Caroline Deppe, Paula L. Enríquez, Julie L. Petersen, José Luis Rangel Salazar, Kelley P. Segars, and Kristin L. Wood
Version: 2.0 — Published March 5, 2022

Conservation and Management

Conservation Status

Treated as two species by BirdLife International (12): Otus magicus (including the subspecies morotensis, leucospilus, obira, bouruensis, and albiventris) and the monotypic Otus tempestatis, which have been evaluated separately according to IUCN Red List criteria, and consequently their conservation status is discussed similarly here.

O. magicus group. Listed as Least Concern when assessed against IUCN Red List criteria, and is a CITES II protected species.

O. m. tempestatis. Also assessed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and a CITES II species.

Effects of Human Activity

Habitat Loss and Degradation

Forest destruction may plausibly be causing slow but ongoing declines in the Otus magicus group; however, the species is thought to be quite tolerant of second-growth habitats (22, 23).


Conservation Measures and Habitat Management

The Otus magicus group occurs in Manusela National Park, Seram (19, 28), and Kali Batu Putih, Halmahera (29).

The O. m. tempestatis group is confined to the Timor and Wetar Endemic Bird Area (30).

Recommended Citation

Kirwan, G. M., D. W. Holt, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, R. Berkley, C. Deppe, P. L. Enríquez, J. L. Petersen, J. L. Rangel Salazar, K. P. Segars, and K. L. Wood (2022). Moluccan Scops-Owl (Otus magicus), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney and P. N. Maleko, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.mosowl1.02