LC
Sandy Scops-owl Otus icterorhynchus



Justification

Justification of Red List Category
This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be rare throughout its fragmented range (del Hoyo et al. 1999).

Trend justification
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Distribution and population

This species has been reported from 21 sites in eight different countries: Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Fishpool and Evans 2001, Demey and Rainey in press).

Ecology

The species inhabits lowland evergreen forest in which it is very difficult to locate, and feeds on insects including grasshoppers and crickets. Breeding probably occurs in February-March (Fry et al. 1988).

Acknowledgements

Text account compilers
Fisher, S., Harding, M., Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Otus icterorhynchus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 04/12/2021.