Scientific Name: Otus sunia
Malay Name: Jampuk Kecil Asia
Chinese Name: 红角鸮
Found from northeastern Pakistan to the Indian subcontinent, China, southeastern Siberia, Japan, Korea and Indochina with the northern populations wintering south to the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Sumatra
Polytypic. Subspecies are: japonicus, stictonotus, malayanus, sunia, distans, rufipennis, leggei, modestus, nicobaricus.
Local Subspecies: malayanus
Size: 19 cm
Adult greyish morph resembles Sunda Scops Owl but is smaller and has greyish-brown upperparts and head, bold dark streaks on whitish underparts, yellowish eyes and blackish bill. Adult rufous morph resembles greyish morph but has orange-rufous upperparts and head.
Similar looking species: Sunda Scops Owl
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded areas, parks and gardens.
Behaviour/Ecology: Feeds mainly on insects and spiders.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2021)
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Past accepted records in our database:
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
BirdLife International. (2021). Otus sunia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2021-3.RLTS.T22728969A206482277.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.