Thailand: Injured Infant Owl Brought in for Treatment
20th May 2016;
An injured juvenile Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia) has been brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital after being found injured by one of our staff at the side of a road. He has a broken wing and broken leg. He is under treatment at the WFFT Wildlife Hospital, we will do everything in our power to try and save him.
Sadly, it was too late for this Injured Owl…
Late yesterday this juvenile Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica) was brought into the WFFT Wildlife Hospital for urgent treatment. He had been found by a road the day before unable to move. He was taken to a vet for treatment close to where he was found then brought to us the following day. He had two broken wings and a broken leg, likely to have been caused by a collision with a vehicle. Sadly, this guy did not make, he passed away during the night, RIP little one.
Picked up this owl carcass on 23 March 2014 after it collided with a building and thought it was just an ordinary Brown Boobook (Ninox scutulata), which is known to reside in and migrate through Singapore.
After a tip off from a fellow ornithologist, I took a closer look at the wing formula and surprise, surprise, it’s actually a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), a new species record for Singapore and a considerable extension of the species’s migratory range southward down the Malay Peninsula.
My colleagues and I have published a paper based on this carcass and several other recent records of the species in the region, which is available here: DNA reveals long-distance partial migratory behavior in a cryptic owl lineage
Last March I was going for my morning walk when I spotted a medium sized bird lying dead on the pavement alongside one of the science buildings. People were walking past, but also stopping to look at it. I really wanted to get to that bird before it was picked up by one of the cleaners and thrown away. I managed to get there in time – it was beautiful and with no external damage – it didn’t appear to have been dead long.
I brought it home to photograph and pass on to David Tan. I had vague thoughts of drawing the bird but for some reason was really pressed for time.
Not being any sort of bird specialist, I didn’t realise it was an owl species, and definitely didn’t realise how special it was. Here are a couple of photos of the bird. It had come a long way from home…
This carcass has been identified as that of a Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica), the first official record of this species from Singapore.
Yet another case of an owl with glue, this time a Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji) with glue on the feathers. Yoho the owl, was covered in debris collected by the glue. We had removed most of the debris possible, but Yoho may need a longer period of recovery. Thanks to Jurong Bird Park for taking Yoho in.
Saw this adult owl on the road in Tutong near the Chinese graveyard. It was barely alive, entrails are out – otherwise beautiful creature gone to waste. Please drive carefully and slowly, especially near cemeteries.
This is a Buffy Fish Owl (Bubo ketupu).
Walking down Portsdown Road for the first time feels almost like stepping back in colonial era Singapore once again, what with all the colonial Black and White houses, some of which have been named after former British colonial holdings overseas.
Also, picked up a Boobook (Ninox sp.) today (also known as a hawk owl) that might well be the extremely rare Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica).
Source: David Tan
Sad to find this on my morning walk this morning… think it flew into a window. Any idea what it is?
Here are a couple more photos of the bird, if anyone is able to better identify…
Alison was kind enough to let me photograph the owl this morning. The markings on the breast and belly are not heart-shaped like that of our resident Brown Hawk Owl (Ninox scutulata). Closer to that of the Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica). The Records Committee will have to deliberate on this and the recent record from Sungei Buloh as it is not on our CL.
Source: Alan OwYong
The shoulder girdle of the Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo) that used to live outside Blk ADM.
You can clearly see the furcula (wishbone), coracoid bones and scapular bones.
Source: David Tan Instagram
Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji)
Sungei Buloh, 28th November 2013
Ants made quick work of this carcass of a Sunda Scops Owl. The last photo shows the same carcass 4 days later.
Asian scops owls have had a confusing taxonomic history. For many years, various populations of scops owls distributed across India and Pakistan to South East Asia, Japan and the Philippines were identified as a single species, called the Collared Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena). However, various subspecies were subsequently split off and recognised as distinct species; one such subspecies would become known as the Sunda Scops Owl. These days, Otus bakkamoena refers strictly to the Indian Scops Owl, found in the Indian subcontinent, while the common name of Collared Scops Owl belongs to Otus lettia, which was split off and represents populations found from the Himalayas to China and Indochina. This is why some resources still list the Sunda Scops Owl as a subspecies of Indian Scops Owl, which is given the common name of Collared Scops Owl.
As if things weren’t confusing enough, some sources consider the Collared Scops Owl and Sunda Scops Owl to be conspecific, whereas other authors split the Sunda Scops Owl even further, and recognise the subspecies found in southern Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore (Otus lempiji cnephaeus) as a separate species, the Singapore Scops Owl (Otus cnephaeus).
- NParks Fauna&FloraWeb
- The Digital Nature Archive of Singapore
- The Tide Chaser: Owls (Phylum Chordata: Order Strigiformes) of Singapore
- The biology of Otus lempiji cnephaeus Deignan, the Sunda scops-owl in Singapore
- Oriental Bird Images
- The Internet Bird Collection
- BirdForum Opus
- Planet of Birds
- The Owl Pages
- World Owl Trust
- The Races of the Collared Scops Owl, Otus bakkamoena Pennant