Oriental Scops-Owl (Oriental)

Otus sunia [sunia Group]

ML181076121


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Anton Liebermann
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eBird Checklist S59922375
Khovd Bird Ringing Station
Hovd, Mongolia
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Latitude and Longitude 47.4416, 92.228 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

The owl was identified by many factors. I remember when first looking at it that the size made me wonder of this really could be an European. I have ringed some in Israel, one deadfound in Denmark and we also caught 2 earlier same season in Khovd. Anyway this one was weird looking very dark and rufous. I haven't been able to find a single photo of such a dark European looking one! -We knew the best and most reliable ID is the primary projection, but the bird showed us 3 outermost primaries in moult which excluded our chance of using that ID factor. Same with the winglenght - couldn't be used. - White scaptular band. I tried looking up photos of European but couldn't find any European showing that band - Eye colour fits perfect for Oriental - Amount of band on 1. tail feather fits Oritental and not European. European should have between 5-7 tail bands which the first European we caught in Khovd showed with 7 bands. The second we caught in Khovd showed 6 and the Oriental one showed 3. - The bird had a short P7 which is also good for Oriental.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF400mm f/5.6L USM
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/5000 sec
ISO
1000
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
6,358KB
Dimensions
4608 x 3080

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