The Oriental Scops Owl is probably my favourite of all fowl species (although I’ll have mentioned that about different species as effectively) – so, right here’s a submit with just a few pictures of this owl taken this autumn migration season.
The extremely really helpful photographic information “Owls of the world” describes it as a “very small owl with seen ear-tufts” (although not truly on this primary photograph).
The identify “scops” apparently is from the Latin “scops”, which in flip is from the Greek “scops” (not very inventive, admittedly), that means “a kind of small owl”. In accordance with “The Chook Identify E-book A Historical past of English Chook Names”, the unique greek phrase is skopós, “watcher, guardian, spy,” with the writer Susan Myers stating that this “appears acceptable for these ever-alert however secretive birds.”
In accordance with this e book, scops (?) owls actually have a cameo look in Homer’s Odyssee: “A thick wooden of alder, poplar, and candy smelling cypress bushes, whereby all types of nice birds had constructed their nests—owls [skópes], hawks, and chattering sea-crows that occupy their enterprise within the waters.” Presumably not Oriental Scops Owls although, except there’s a Trojan subspecies …
Whereas there are 55 species of scops owls, the Oriental Scops Owl is by far probably the most generally seen in Shanghai, primarily throughout migration.
It is available in two morphs – one greyish, one reddish. Relying on the bark colour of the bushes the owls cover in, often one morph is less complicated to identify than the opposite – although each morphs generally appear to make themselves invisible at will.
Being gray clearly is helpful subsequent to a greyish tree.
Fittingly, the Helm “Owls of the World” information states that “Throughout daytime roosts singly, or generally in small events, in dense foliage, towards a tree trunk or in holes; if detected, stretches vertically, with plumage sleeked, ear-tufts erected and eyes nearly closed. Then nearly invisible towards environment.”
Right here, a purple morph appears to considerably misjudge its environment, making it pretty seen.
Right here, the match is healthier.
This one right here can be excellent at being invisible.
One other unusual side – already talked about additional up – is that these owls nearly appear to have the ability to change their form – from a spherical egg form to a really extended branch-like form. Camouflage at its greatest.
Some actual property ideas for Oriental Scops Owls: In accordance with a Korean examine, woodpecker nest holes don’t make very fascinating flats – the speed of nesting failures is comparatively excessive. Pure tree holes are considerably higher however synthetic nest packing containers are greatest. Although after all, younger owls rising up in such a synthetic surroundings could later transform snobbish and elitist.
Extra good recommendation for Oriental Scops Owls: avoid Japanese researchers, as they could wish to scan your tongue with an digital microscope.
In fact, the ear tufts usually are not actually ears. However they give the impression of being cool.
As an added bonus, they make the owl look much more cat-like than another owl species.
To finish this submit, some extra pictures. You recognize you need them.