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

Demography and Populations

Population Status

Numbers and Trends

O. magicus group. Considered rather common throughout its range (13), but uncommon on Sumbawa (in the Lesser Sundas) and, while forest destruction may plausibly be causing slow but ongoing declines, the species is quite tolerant of second-growth habitats (e.g., 22, 23).

O. m. tempestatis. There are no data on this taxon’s population size or trend, however numbers are suspected to be stable, with records from around villages and mining areas, suggesting that it is somewhat tolerant of habitat modification. Trainor et al. (27) found the species to be widespread and common in 2008–2009, with records at seven of 11 forest sites surveyed up to at least 700 m, and 4–6 birds were sometimes heard calling in an area of suitable habitat smaller than 1 ha.

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