Principe Scops-Owl Otus bikegila Scientific name definitions

Bárbara Freitas and Martim Melo
Version: 1.0 — Published October 24, 2023



Breeding biology of the Principe Scops-Owl is still very poorly known, and no nests or young have been described.


Previous capture events reported by Melo et al. (1) indicate that breeding takes place in December–January, as with most bird species of the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe (39, 40). The holotype (ML470442301 ), collected on 29 May 2017, was undergoing a well-advanced molt. The female captured close to Ribeira Porco in January 2019 had a fully developed brood patch (ML470440211; see below), whereas the female captured at Boca do Inferno on the same month (ML470438621, left ) was growing back the belly feathers, suggesting that she had a recent brood patch.

Recommended Citation

Freitas, B. and M. Melo (2023). Principe Scops-Owl (Otus bikegila), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.
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