Species names in all available languages
|English (UK)||Moluccan Scops Owl|
|English (United States)||Moluccan Scops-Owl|
|Spanish (Spain)||Autillo moluqueño|
Guy M. Kirwan revised and standardized the account's content with Clements taxonomy. Philipp N. Maleko curated the media and copyedited the account.
Otus magicus (Müller, S, 1841)
- magica / magicus
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Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Otus magicus (all subspecies except tempestatis). A single, rough "croak" (sometimes said to be raven and Corvus-like) or a harsh or rasping "kwok" (26) repeated every few seconds, e.g., at 5‒7-second intervals on Obi (subspecies obira), where calls last 0.33–0.5 seconds and reach 0.6–1.2 kHz, similar to, but apparently occupying a narrower frequency range than birds on Buru (bouruensis), Flores (albiventris), and Halmahera (leucospilus) (22). There is reportedly also some individual variation with some birds (often speculated to be females) higher pitched than others. In flight, or when excited (e.g., in response to playback) these taxa can produce a series of similar notes in quick succession (4, 13). On Obi, for example, one bird gave a series of kwook notes slightly longer and deeper than the usual call which was repeated at shorter intervals (22).
No nonvocal sounds for the species have been reported.