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

(Horsfield, 1821)

The Sunda scops owl (Otus lempiji) is a small brown owl that is speckled with black on the upper parts and streaked with black on the lower parts. It has a light collar and dark eyes. This taxon is considered a subspecies of Otus bakkamoena by some authors.


It grows from 20 to 25 cm and can weigh 100 to 170 grams.

Distribution and habitat

It lives on the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and Java. It is mostly found in forests and gardens but is occasionally attracted to buildings. It mainly consumes insects but will also eat rodents, lizards, and small birds. It is common throughout its range where there is suitable habitat.



The Sunda scops owl lines its nest with plant fibre. It will lay up to three eggs in a tree hollow from January to April.


Its call is a whooping sound every ten to fifteen seconds.