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



Throughout its range the Moluccan Scops-Owl occupies primary forest habitats, especially coastal swamp forests, as well as second growth and other degraded forests (e.g., 22, 23). It is also occasionally found on forested limestone cliffs, in trees near settlements, and in palm plantations (2, 4). This is principally a lowland species, occurring mostly below 900 m in elevation (24, 8); however, on several islands it has been recorded higher, for example at 1,200 m on Obi (22), 1,500 m on Flores (2), and at 1,630 m on Seram (25, 23).

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