Ryūkyū scops owl
Elegant scops owl
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
O. elegans
Binomial name
Otus elegans

(Cassin, 1852)

The Ryūkyū scops-owl or Elegant scops-owl (Otus elegans) is a small rufous-brown owl with a brown face disk and a cinnamon facial ruff. The bill is olive-grey and it has yellow eyes.

Distribution and habitat

It is found on the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan, on Lanyu Island off south-east Taiwan, and on the Batanes and Babuyan Islands off northern Luzon, Philippines, in tropical or subtropical evergreen forest. It is becoming rare due to habitat loss.


  • O. e. elegans (Cassin, 1852)
  • O. e. calayensis McGregor, 1904
  • O. e. interpositus Kuroda, 1923
  • O. e. botelensis Kuroda, 1928 – Lanyu Scops Owl