Otus insularis (Tristram, 1880:458)

Seychelles scops-owl, Seychelles scops owl



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gymnoscops insularis Tristram, 1880:458 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1906

Rediscovered in 1959

IUCN RedList status: Endangered





Biology & Ecology










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