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Scops Owl, truly Cypriot

Postby repulsewarrior » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:05 am ... l-species/

During the day, it can occasionally be seen sitting very still on the branches of trees, although it is more likely to be heard at night than seen in daylight. Its territorial two-note call, a characteristic sound of early spring in Cyprus, is what usually signifies its presence.

This whistling call differs from that of the Eurasian Scops Owl, which is a one-note whistle. Its prey consists mostly of large insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, beetles and moths, as well as other invertebrates such as spiders and earthworms. As a hole-nesting bird, it will nest in the hollows of trees such as conifers and olive trees, and has been found to nest regularly in nest boxes placed for larger owl species, such as the Barn Owl.

In addition to the Cyprus Scops Owl, Cyprus has two more endemic bird species, the Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca and the Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax, and is therefore recognised as a unique Endemic Bird Area (EBA).
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