IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)


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Anjouan Scops Owl

The Anjouan scops owl (Otus capnodes) is an owl endemic to the Comoro Islands.

This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

This owl is found on the island of Anjouan. This species was rediscovered in June 1992, after an absence of records dating back to 1886.

It has an estimated population of less than 400. It is classified as "Critically Endangered" because its range is restricted to such a small area, which is being rapidly deforested.


Bristol Conservation and The Science Foundation are currently undertaking surveys on the island to determine how many owls remain.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Otus capnodes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Forgotten Species: the haunting whistle of the Anjouan scops-owl". Jeremy Hance. Mongabay.com. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 


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