Otus alius Rasmussen, 1998 - Nicobar Scops Owl

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


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This species is uncommon and is endemic to the Nicobar Islands. It inhabits the coastal forests, and breeds during March-April. It most probably forages on insects. Its habitat details are little understood (BirdLife International 2018).

This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is stable, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. Most of the threats are not fully understood. Possibly habitat disturbance due to agriculture and other human encroachments can be threatening (BirdLife International 2018).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2018. Otus alius . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T22728447A132325633. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22728447A132325633.en. Accessed on 15 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Otus alius Rasmussen, 1998 – Nicobar Scops Owl. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/otus-alius, accessed 2024/06/25.