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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Basil the Indian Scops Owl

(Otus bakkamoena)

About Basil

This rather affectionate little owl came to us as an un-wanted bird as the owner deemed him to be 'ugly'. We however are of the opinion that he is very cute. He has a playful personality and just loves having behind his tufts tickled.

Description of the Indian Scops Owl

The Indian Scops Owl is a rather small owl, although it is the largest of the Scops owls. Like other Scops owls, it has small ear tufts. The upperparts are grey or brown, depending on the subspecies, with faint light brown/fawn spotting. The under parts are fawn with fine dark streaks. The facial disc is buff and the eyes are brown. It is partially migratory, with some birds wintering in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.