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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.

Ryūkyū scops owl
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Otus
O. elegans
Binomial name
Otus elegans
(Cassin, 1852)


Distribution and habitatEdit

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


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Otus elegans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.