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Oriental Scops Owl Otus sunia, Suklaphanta, Nepal

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Euornithes
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Ornithurae
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Ordo: Strigiformes

Familia: Strigidae
Subfamilia: Striginae
Genus: Otus
Species: Otus sunia
Subspecies: O. s. distans – O. s. japonicus – O. s. leggei – O. s. malayanus – O. s. modestus – O. s. nicobaricus – O. s. rufipennis – O. s. stictonotus – O. s. sunia

Otus sunia (Hodgson, 1836)

Scops sunia (protonym)


Asiatic Researches 19: 175.

Vernacular names
বাংলা: ওরিয়েন্টাল স্কোপ্স পেঁচা
català: Xot oriental
English: Oriental Scops Owl
español: Autillo oriental
suomi: Idänkyläpöllönen
français: Petit-duc d'Orient
മലയാളം: സൈരന്ധ്രി നത്ത്
Bahasa Melayu: Burung Hantu Kuang Kuik
नेपाली: लोखर्के उल्लू
Nederlands: Oosterse dwergooruil
svenska: Orientalisk dvärguv
中文: 東方角鴞

The oriental scops owl (Otus sunia) is a species of scops owl found in eastern and southern Asia.


This is a small, variable plumaged, yellow eyed owl with ear-tufts which are not always erect. It can be distinguish from the collared scops owl by its whitish scapular stripe, well marked underparts, and lack of pale collar. There are two colour morphs, grey and rufous; intermediate forms also occur. Sexes are similar in appearance. Individuals may freeze with eyes half closed when disturbed. The species has a repeated liquid call sounding like "tuk tok torok".[2]
Distribution and habitat

The species has an extremely wide distribution across eastern and southern Asia, and is found in dry deciduous forests from Russia to Thailand. The owl nests in holes in trees during February–April.[1]


BirdLife International (2012). "Otus sunia". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
"Oriental Scops-owl (Otus sunia)". Handbook of the Birds of the World. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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