Eurasian scops owl specimen (Otus scops) photographed near a pine forest, Tuscany, Italy 2015.
The Eurasian scops owl (Otus scops) specie is slowly decreasing because: reduction in insect populations probably from the use of pesticides (such as crickets, beetles and moths) that are the main part of the diet, urban developments, agricultural intensification and hunting.
This owl also takes earthworms and spiders, small birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. This bird breeds in southern Europe eastwards into western and central Asia. It's migratory, wintering in southernmost Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.
Habitat: in open or semi-open broadleaved woodland, open coniferous forest, parks, orchards and plantations.
Peculiarity: it's a superbly camouflaged species, the greyish, heavily marked plumage of the common scops-owl makes it almost indistinguishable when perched against the bark of a tree.