Justification of Red List Category
This apparently rare species is restricted to montane forests at a few locations on Mindanao and is estimated to have a very small range. Although forests in its range have not been adversely impacted by logging to date, they may be threatened by future operations, and the species is consequently listed as Near Threatened.
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as apparently rare (Konig et al. 1999).
The population is suspected to be in slow decline owing to on-going habitat destruction.
Otus mirus is endemic to Mindanao in the Philippines, where it has been recorded from Mt Hilong-hilong, Mt Apo, Mt Kitanglad and Lake Sebu (Collar et al. 1999). Although described as rare, this is a species of higher elevations and is probably not seriously threatened.
The species occurs in montane forests.
Forests within its altitudinal range have not been as severely affected by logging, mining operations and clearance for agriculture as forests at lower elevations.
Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II.
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Otus mirus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/02/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/02/2020.