Very few times has happened that a poet, with only twenty-four lines of a poem, was able to describe with so much accuracy a bird and the habitat where it is located. The Scops owl (Otus scops Linnaeus, 1758) belongs to the order of the Strigiformes and to the family of the Strigidae and is the smallest Euro-Asian member of this family after the Pygmy owl (Glaucidium passerinum). IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2 (v.1) … Blasts of lightnings were coming, from a black of clouds over there; a voice was coming from the fields: chiù … The scops owl does not have a constant diffusion on its territory and often shows a spot presence at times with good concentrations and others with very rarified populations. TSN: 555376. Each checklist can be viewed with photos shared by the birding community, and also printed as PDF checklists for field use. Common names; English: Eurasian Scops-owl: French: Petit-duc scops: Formerly listed as: Common Scops-Owl: Taxonomy; Class: Aves: Order: Strigiformes: Family: Strigidae: Scientific name: Otus scops: World Migratory Bird Day . The scops owl nidifies starting from the month of April upon the return from the African wintering, with extension up to late June. The facial disk is little pronounced and slightly marked by a paler border with two usually lowered tufts. There is no night in the Mediterranean area that is not crossed by the mourning sound, persistent and penetrating of this small bird. The generic name Scops was proposed by Marie Jules César Savigny in 1809. There are a few ways by which you can help the development of this page, such as joining the Flickr group for photos or providing translations of the site in addition languages. Common names are Assiolo in Italian; Scops owl in English; Zwergohreule in German; Hibou petit-duc in French; Mocho d’orelhas in Portuguese and an odd Yo-roppakonohazuku in Japanese. Source: Clements checklist. Usually it doesn’t have aggressive behaviors, but, like many strigids, if menaced and without any escaping possibility, beats strongly the beak, dramatically opens the eyes, hisses and blows spreading its wings in order to scare the intruder. full species (sometimes nominal subspecies), This taxon is considered a subspecies of Grasshoppers, large moths, cockchafers, beetles and cicadas are its preferred meal even if it does not disdain hunting also earthworms and some small bird, in particular nestlings. - Acrocephalus 22 (108): 149-154. Genus:   Otus, Short link:   https://avibase.ca/2C7AA154, Taxonomic Serial Number: COVID-19 & MIGRATORY SPECIES. As it has been already shortly mentioned, the scops owl is one of the smallest Euro-Asian strigids reaching barely the length of 20 cm, measures equal to those of a large thrush. As for the Swallows (Hirundo rustica), the Common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) and many other migrating birds that annunce with their arrival the good season, the countrymen do not forget to cite it in a proverb they have that recites: “quando canta l’assiolo contadin pianta il fagiolo” (when the scops owl sings, the countryman plants the bean). The couple forms on the arrival with the choice of the new partner who is always different every year and after having identified the suitable place where to put the nest, begins almost immediately the laying. The nest is not built but it uses holes in old trees without adding any material to the existing substratum. The colour of its livery is the most camouflaged imaginable. If surprised out during the day on its roost, it assumes the typical position of a dried branch, stretching to the extreme the body and leaning to the nearest trunk. eBird version 2018 (v.1) Usually 3-5 eggs are laid and brooded by the female for approximately 25 days © Museo di Lentate sul Seveso. It’s a long-range migrant and all the populations hibernate in the African sub-Saharan belt whilst only some groups, considered as sedentary, hibernate in the south of Spain, of Greece and of Italy. The scops owl is an Euro-Asian strigid that occupies the whole Mediterranean area, the Middle East, the continental Russia and along the Asian temperate belt till to touch Mongolia. It is present in isolated way also in the Indus Valey in Pakistan and in the coastal belt of Iran of the Caspian Sea as well as of the Persian Gulf. 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