Definition of scops owl in English:

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scops owl

Pronunciation: /ˈskäps ˌoul/


A small owl with distinctive ear tufts, found in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
  • Genus Otus, family Strigidae: many species, in particular the widespread Eurasian scops owl (O. scops)
Example sentences
  • Minutes later, a faint reply suggests that a pair of Sokoke scops owls have roosted in the distance.
  • The shy little Sokoke scops owl lives only in one coastal reserve in Kenya and in a second isolated forest in Tanzania.
  • Here too live several unique plants and animals that are found nowhere else on earth - such as the Sokoke scops owl - and endangered species like the African elephant and the Sokoke bushy-tailed mongoose.


Early 18th century: scops from modern Latin Scops (former genus name), from Greek skōps.

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