Pallid Scops Owl
Pallid Scops Owl
Pallid Scops Owl
Pallid Scops Owl
Scientific Name 
Otus brucei
Arabic Name 
الثبج الباهت
Kuwaiti name 
بومة , كبسة
55.0 cm
21.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. Identified only recently in Kuwait, both at desert locations and in urban parks and gardens. Easily confused with the very similar Eurasian Scops Owl, but more often found in winter and its soft dove-like hooting song is diagnostic.
Where in Kuwait 
A relatively small and inconspicuous species with plumage that provides good camouflage against tree-trunks and rocks. Only 4 records for Kuwait with the last been seen in February 2009 north of Jahra. It occupies a wide variety of habitats, including semi-open areas with trees and bushes; cultivated areas such as palm groves, orchards, parks and large gardens; and arid areas such as semi-desert, stony foothills and rocky gorges.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and although the global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be reasonably common in much of its range. A widely distributed species, the core of this species range lies within the Middle East.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation as well as pesticides