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Karthala Scops Owl
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Information
Common Name Comoro Scops Owl
Range Comoro Islands
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Otus
Species Otus pauliani
Conservation Status
CRSpecies
Critically Endangered

The Karthala scops owl or Comoro scops owl (Otus pauliani), is a species of scops owl endemic to the Comoro Islands.

The species is small for an owl, measuring 20–22 cm. It is greyish brown and has bright yellow eyes. Its feeding and breeding behavior are unknown.

The owl is found only on Mount Karthala, an active volcano on Grand Comoro. It has an estimated population of 2,000. It is classified as "Critically Endangered" due to it being restricted to such a small area, which is being rapidly deforested.

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