Palau scops owl

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The Palau scops owl or Palau owl (Otus podarginus) is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. Palau scops owls are dark reddish brown with small white dots scattered across their feathers. They are endemic to the Pacific Palau Islands, where they are found in woodland and lagoon trees, ravines and mangrove swamps. Palau owls nest in hollows of trees, live in groups and are territorial.

Palau scops owl
CITES Appendix II (CITES)[2]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
O. podarginus
Binomial name
Otus podarginus
(Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872)
  • Otus podarginus
  • Pyrroglaux podarginus

The Palau scops owl was formerly placed in the monotypic genus Pyrroglaux. It was moved to Otus based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2019.[3][4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Pyrroglaux podargina". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Appendices | CITES". Retrieved 2022-01-14.
  3. ^ Salter, J.F.; Oliveros, C.H.; Hosner, P.A.; Manthey, J.D.; Robbins, M.B.; Moyle, R.G.; Brumfield, R.T.; Faircloth, B.C. (2019). "Extensive paraphyly in the typical owl family (Strigidae)". The Auk. 137 (ukz070). doi:10.1093/auk/ukz070.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (January 2021). "Owls". IOC World Bird List Version 11.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 18 May 2021.