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Ryukyu Scops-Owl

Otus elegans

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Diminutive brownish owl with short ear tufts and pale face narrowly bordered in black. Combination of overall brown coloration, yellow eyes, and small size distinguishes it from the larger Oriental and Japanese Scops-Owls. Like other scops-owls, often difficult to see; listen for its hiccuping hoots, given in a long series. Inhabits forests and adjacent edges throughout its range.

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