Recently described new species for the family Typical Owls

Sangihe Scops-Owl is an apparently widely distributed species. Its description is based on an old female specimen in the Staatliches Naturhistorisches Museum of  Braunschweig, Germany. This specimen was collected in January 1887.

Other specimens have turned up in Leiden: one collected in January 1866, another one in May 1985. Yet another specimen, from 1871, was traced in Dresden: 1871. The species is named in honour of Nigel J. Collar of BirdLife International.

Sangihe Scops-Owl     Otus collari
Indonesia: Sangihe (Sangir) Island, ne of Sulawesi
insert after: Otus manadensis
Frank R. Lambert & Pamela C. Rasmussen,
A new Scops Owl from Sangihe Island, Indonesia
Bulletin B.O.C. 118, 4 (1998): 204-217

The Nicobar Scops-Owl was described from the only two birds known, single specimens collected in 1966 and 1977.

Nicobar Scops-Owl     Otus alius
India: Great Nicobar Island (Sambelong)
insert after: Otus collari
Pamela C. Rasmussen,
A new scops-owl from Great Nicobar Island
Bulletin B.O.C. 118, 3 (1998): 141-153

Information on Moheli Scops-Owl was obtained from Richard Ranft and Oscar van Rootselaar.  The entire population of c. 400 pairs is restricted to the only 5 % of forest left on the island.

Moheli Scops-Owl     Otus moheliensis
Comoros: Mohéli Island
insert after: Otus capnodes
René-Marie Lafontaine & Nathalie Moulaert,
Une nouvelle espèce de petit-duc (Otus, Aves) aux Comors: taxonomie et statut de conservation
Journal of African Ornithology 112, 2 (1998): 163-169

Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl, taken with permission from the cover of The Auk 116, 2 (1999). Cover plate, painting,
© Tracy Pedersen.

Cloud-forest Pygmy-Owl     Glaucidium nubicola
w Colombia; w Ecuador: wet cloud forests of w Andes between 1400-2000 m
insert after: Glaucidium costaricanum
Mark B. Robbins & F. Gary Stiles,
A new species of Pygmy-Owl (Strigidae: Glaucidium) from the Pacific slope of the northern Andes
The Auk 116, 2 (1999): 305-315

Subtropical Pygmy-Owl     Glaucidium parkeri
se Ecuador; c Peru; nw Bolivia. Humid subtropical, montane and cloud forests on slopes of e Andes
insert after: Glaucidium californicum
Mark B. Robbins & Steve N. G. Howell,
A new species of pygmy-owl (Strigidae: Glaucidium) from the eastern Andes
Wilson Bulletin 107, 1 (1995): 1-6

Little Sumba Hawk-Owl, adult, photographed
January 2, 2002, at km 49, Waingapu-Lewa road, central Sumba; published with permission.
© Jerry Olsen & Susan Trost.

Little Sumba Hawk-Owl     Ninox sumbaensis
se Indonesia: Sumba Island
insert after: Ninox boobook
Jerry Olsen, Michael Wink, Hedi Sauer-Gürth & Susan Trost,
A new Ninox owl from Sumba, Indonesia
Emu 102 (2002): 223-231

The type specimen of Cinnabar Hawk-Owl was obtained in 1985 by Frank Rozendaal in what is now known as Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park.  At that time it was believed to be a rufous morph of Ninox ochracea.

In a recent paper, Robert Lee and Jon Riley report on a second find of this new owl, in Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi, at an altitude of 1420 m. They also mention a recent sight record in Lore Lindu National Park in Central Sulawesi, which seems to suggest the species has a wider, possibly highland forest, distribution.

Cinnabar Hawk-Owl     Ninox ios
Indonesia: n Sulawesi
insert after: Ninox ochracea
Pamela C. Rasmussen,
A new species of Hawk-Owl Ninox from North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Wilson Bulletin 111, 4 (1999): 457-464

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