1174. Scops brucii.
The Striated Scops Owl.
Ephialtes brucei, Hume, S. F. i, p. 8 (1873); Fairbank, S. F. iv p. 254. Scops brucei, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. ii,p. 62; Blanford, S. F. v. p. 245; Doig, S. F. vii, p. 505 ; Hume, Cat. no. 74 sept. ; Vidal, S. F. ix, p. 36; Butler, ibid. p. 376; Barnes, ibid. p. 452 ; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 47; Scully, ibid. p. 426; Davidson, S. F. x, p. 291; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 71; Sharpe, Yark. Miss., Aves, p. 12, pl. ii; Blanf, Ibis, 1894, p. 528.
Coloration. Lores sullied white, with black tips, rest of the face grey, ruff tipped dark brown and without any ferruginous tint; upper plumage sandy grey (dark isabelline), with narrow blackish shaft-stripes, the surface generally very finely and uniformly speckled with dark brown on buff; spots on outer scapulars pale dull buff, not white; wing and tail-feathers marked as in S. giu, but with dull dark brown and buff; lower plumage marked with dark shaft-stripes like the upper, and similarly coloured, but paler and less uniform, with some white on the abdomen.
Bill horny; irides brilliant yellow ; toes olivaceous grey (Doig).
Length about 8.5; tail 3.2; wing 6.3; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape .7. Third quill longest; feathering of tarsus extends on to the base of the toes.
Distribution. Specimens have been obtained in the Bombay Presidency at Ahmednagar and at Khed in Ratnagiri, and the bird has probably occurred in Western Khandesh; it has also been met with several times in Sind, and Mr. Barnes found it breeding at Chaman in South Afghanistan. It has been recorded at Sultanpur in Oudh, and at Gilgit, and beyond Indian limits at Panjah in Wakhan, and at considerable elevations on the Kuen-luen range; also near Bokhara, on the Murghab, and in Transcaspia, as I learn from Mr. Dresser, who has examined specimens. It is probably migratory, but nothing is known of its habits.