Mountain Scops owl

Mountain Scops owl

Postby Super Hans » 01 May 2011, 12:45

Well, I found this owl on the road. It looked like it had just been hit by a car, so I took it home and looked after it for a couple of days. This is a Mountain-Scops owl (Otus spilocephalus) and is endemic to Taiwan. If you have been anywhere near the mountains at night in Taiwan, you have probably heard this owl - it has a single pitch double whistle which repeats about every ten seconds, with each segment of the whistle lasting about half a second.
They are difficult to spot unless they have been run over, like this one was.
I released it back to the wild when it could fly again, and when I could see that it was eating. It had a bit of a wonky eye, possible from the accident, but that didn't seem to put it off flying around my house and shitting on the sofa.

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It's such a lonely ride...
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby Mucha Man » 02 May 2011, 20:56

Good on you for taking care of it but there are wild animal shelters you can call next time. I'll try to post the number later.
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby Wookiee » 02 May 2011, 21:06

Great job taking care of it!
There was one that lived behind our neighborhood for years. I'd drive the back road home real slow at night and it was often in the road -- sometimes in the middle -- feasting on a run-over snake or other small roadkill. Beautiful animal, but it's dependence on roadkill led to its demise. It was only a matter of time, really. It had needed to find hunting grounds away from traffic.
Glad yours made it. Hopefully it will have learned its lesson and stay away from roadkill.
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby jimipresley » 02 May 2011, 21:11

Great job, Super Hans! :bravo:

That owl looks EXACTLY like my cat. I'm not sure who would eat who if they had to meet, though.
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby Super Hans » 04 May 2011, 14:26

Thanks guys.

Muzha Man wrote:Good on you for taking care of it but there are wild animal shelters you can call next time. I'll try to post the number later.


Thanks MM.
Actually, I did take it to a shelter in Hualian but they said, or rather, we agreed that because it wasn't too badly hurt it would be better to take it home and then release it where it had been found. It was found 100km south of Hualian, and as I was going back up that way it wasn't too much trouble to look after it. It was stunned, but not really that badly injured.
The bones got the wrong detail I hoped it would have for you
Safe for a shin bone or even a hand
It's such a lonely ride...
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby onionsack » 26 Jun 2012, 00:38



Spotted this owl this past Sunday...same species? It flew off before I was able to get out my DSLR and get a decent shot.
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Re: Mountain Scops owl

Postby finley » 26 Jun 2012, 10:39

well done, old chap :thumbsup:

Owls. They're great. Can't get enough of 'em.
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