Sunda Scops Owl

Scientific Name: Otus lempiji

Malay Name: Jampuk Biasa

Chinese Name: 巽他领角鸮

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra, Java and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: lempiji, kangeanus, lemurum.

Local Subspecies: lempiji

Size: 23 cm

Identification: Adult resembles Oriental Scops Owl but is bigger and has dark eyes, dusky-yellowish bill, brownish vermiculated upperparts and pale sandy-buffish underparts with fine blackish streaks. Juvenile resembles adult but has paler overall plumage.

Similar looking species: Oriental Scops Owl

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, wooded area, mangroves, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Lower Pierce Reservoir, Hindhede Park, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Pasir Ris Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jurong Lake Park and any suitable patch of habitat.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Otus lempiji. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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