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



As its name suggests the Moluccan Scops-Owl is distributed widely on the islands of the Moluccas, in eastern Indonesia. In the north Moluccas, it occurs on Morotai, Ternate, Halmahera, Kasiruta, Bacan, and Obi. In the Central Moluccas, this owl has been found on Ambon, Seram, and Buru. The subspecies albiventris is found in Nusa Tengarra (the Lesser Sundas), on Sumbawa, Komodo, Flores, Lembata, and Wetar (8).

Historical Changes to the Distribution

No historical changes to the species' distribution have been reported.

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