Scops Owl

Otus scops (Linnaeus, 1758) IQ SCOOW 7390
Family: Strigiformes > Strigidae

Scops Owl, Yoav Perlman

Common across southern Europe, Scops Owl is a rare but regular visitor to Britain & Ireland.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
278 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
278 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Scops Owl is a very rare vagrant, sporadically recorded in spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Scops Owl from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Scops Owl, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Tylluan Sgops
Catalan: xot eurasiàtic
Czech: výrecek malý
Danish: Dværghornugle
Dutch: Dwergooruil
Estonian: salupäll
Finnish: kyläpöllönen
French: Petit-duc scops
German: Zwergohreule
Hungarian: füleskuvik
Icelandic: Skopugla
Irish: Ulchabhán Scopach
Italian: Assiolo
Latvian: maza pucite
Lithuanian: paprastasis apuokelis
Norwegian: Dverghornugle
Polish: syczek (zwyczajny)
Portuguese: mocho-d'orelhas
Slovak: výrik lesný
Slovenian: veliki skovik
Spanish: Autillo europeo
Swedish: dvärguv

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