Otus pauliani (Benson, 1960:62)

Grand Comoro scops-owl, Karthala scops owl, Grand Comoro scops-owl, Comoro scops-owl



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Otus rutilus pauliani Benson, 1960:62 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1886

Rediscovered in 1989

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Grand Comoro (=Ngadzidja Island), Comoros


Biology & Ecology




"Museum: BMNH (holotype), LivCM, MNHN?" (Weick, 2006:45)






Original scientific description:

Benson, C. W. (1960). Birds of the Comoro Islands: Results of the British Ornithologists' Union Centenary Expedition 1958. Ibis 103B(1): 5-106.


Other references:

BirdLife International. 2016. Otus pauliani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22688694A93206351. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22688694A93206351.en. Downloaded on 14 February 2017.

Boyer T, Hume R (1991) Owls of the world. Dragons World.

del Hoyo J, Elliott A, Sargatal J (1999) Handbook of the birds of the world, 5. Lynx Ed., Barcelona.

Duncan JR (2003) Owls of the world. Their lives, behaviour and survival. K. Porter, Canada, 319 pp.

Herremans, M.; Louette, M.; Stevens, J. 1991. Conservation status and vocal and morphological description of the Grand Comoro Scops Owl Otus pauliani Benson 1960. Bird Conservation International 1: 123-133.

Kemp A, Kemp M (1998) Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands. Sasol.

König C, Weick F, Becking JH (1999) Owls. A guide to the owls of the world. Pica Press.

Louette M (1988) Les Oiseaux des Comores. Annales Serie Sci Tervueren 255.

Louette, M.; Abdérémane, H.; Yahaya, I.; Meirte, D. 2008. Atlas des oiseaux nicheurs de la Grande Comore, de Mohéli et d'Anjouan. Musée Royal de l'Afrique, Tervuren, Belgium.

Louette, M.; Herremans, M.; Stevens, J.; Vangeluwe, D.; Soilih, A. 1990. Red Data Bird: Grand Comoro Scops Owl. World Birdwatch 12(1-2): 13.

Louette, M.; Stevens, J. 1992. Conserving the endemic birds on the Comoro Islands, 1: general considerations on survival prospects. Bird Conservation International 2: 61-80.

Louette, M.; Stevens, J.; Bijnens, L.; Janssens, L. 1988. Survey of the endemic avifauna of the Comoro Islands. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, U.K.

Rasmussen PC, Schulenburg TS, Hawkins F, Voninavoko R (2000) Geographic variation in the Malagasy Scops Owl (Otus rutilus), and the existence of an unrecognised species. Bull Brit Ornith Cl 120(2): 75-102.

Safford, R. J. 2001. Comoros. In: Fishpool, L.D.C.; Evans, M.I. (ed.), Important Bird Areas in Africa and associated islands: Priority sites for conservation, pp. 185-190. Pisces Publications and BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No.11), Newbury and Cambridge, UK.

Weick, Friedhelm. (2006). Owls (Strigiformes): Annotated and Illustrated Checklist. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.


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