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Rainforest scops owl - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar A tiny owl also known as the Malagasy scops owl. It hunts mostly at night, and rests at day as seen here. Technically, the western species seen here used to be called the Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) yet the two species were lumped together as a single species in 2007. <br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83639/rainforest_scops_owl_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html" title="Rainforest scops owl, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/83639_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1596672010&Signature=zU2CATG0ER89%2B7gAZzyf1y2pbmQ%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Rainforest scops owl, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar A tiny owl also known as the Malagasy scops owl. It hunts mostly at night, and rests at day as seen here. Technically, the western species seen here used to be called the Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) yet the two species were lumped together as a single species in 2007. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83638/rainforest_scops_owl_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
It comes in different morphs. Gray, brown and rufous (as seen on photo). Seven years earlier we found the gray morph here in Kirindy:<br />
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It comes in different morphs. Gray, brown and rufous (as seen on photo). Seven years earlier we found the gray morph here in Kirindy:<br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/10375/torotoroka_scops_owl_in_kirindi.html" title="Torotoroka Scops Owl in Kirindi"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/10375_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1596672010&Signature=xF1mi8janQXZmwW8XD3ZMmwcxFM%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Torotoroka Scops Owl in Kirindi A Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) hiding by day in the hollow of a dead tree in Kirindi, Madagascar. Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar,Otus madagascariensis,Otus rutilus,Rainforest scops owl,Torotoroka Scops Owl" /></a></figure> Africa,Geotagged,Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Otus rutilus,Rainforest scops owl,Winter,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Rainforest scops owl - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar

A tiny owl also known as the Malagasy scops owl. It hunts mostly at night, and rests at day as seen here. Technically, the western species seen here used to be called the Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) yet the two species were lumped together as a single species in 2007.

Rainforest scops owl, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar A tiny owl also known as the Malagasy scops owl. It hunts mostly at night, and rests at day as seen here. Technically, the western species seen here used to be called the Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) yet the two species were lumped together as a single species in 2007. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83638/rainforest_scops_owl_-_closeup_kirindy_reserve_madagascar.html<br />
It comes in different morphs. Gray, brown and rufous (as seen on photo). Seven years earlier we found the gray morph here in Kirindy:<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/10375/torotoroka_scops_owl_in_kirindi.html Africa,Geotagged,Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Otus rutilus,Rainforest scops owl,Winter,World

It comes in different morphs. Gray, brown and rufous (as seen on photo). Seven years earlier we found the gray morph here in Kirindy:

Torotoroka Scops Owl in Kirindi A Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) hiding by day in the hollow of a dead tree in Kirindi, Madagascar. Kirindy Reserve,Madagascar,Otus madagascariensis,Otus rutilus,Rainforest scops owl,Torotoroka Scops Owl

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  1. Aww, what a beauty! The blobby, pink "eyeliner" is so pretty! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Yes, that also called my attention :-) Posted 10 months ago
    2. Ultra-fine hearing. Razor sharp beak. Pin point vision. Camouflaged plumage. Yet it is eyeliner you call out. Posted 10 months ago
      1. Hehe :) Posted 10 months ago
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The rainforest scops owl, also known as the Malagasy scops owl or Madagascar scops owl, is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is found in a large part of eastern Madagascar, but the exact distribution limits between it and the Torotoroka scops owl, with which it was long considered conspecific, require further study. The natural habitat of the rainforest scops owl is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Similar species: Owls
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Uploaded Aug 27, 2019. Captured Jul 10, 2019 11:52 in Morondava, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/500s
  • ISO900
  • 400mm