1177. Scops sagittatus.
The Large Malay Scops Owl.
Ephialtes sagittatus, Cass. Proc. Ac. Nat. Sci. Philad. iv, p. 121 (1850). Scops sagittatus, Sharpe, Cat. B. M. ii, p. 98; Oates, S. F. v, p. 247; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 35; Hume, Cat. no. 74 nov.; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 156.
Coloration. Feathers around eyes deep ferruginous red; cheeks and lores whitish, the former faintly barred, the latter with brown ends ; behind the eye pale rufous, succeeded by a broad crescentic band of dark ferruginous brown on each side of the neck; broad frontal band, extending above the eyes to the aigrettes, white with faint brown bars, sharply divided from the crown, which with the upper parts generally is dull chestnut without distinct speckling, but with small pointed, often subcruciform, white or fulvous spots, bordered with dark brown ; quills brown, rufescent and paler on the outer webs and at the tips, and with pale bars throughout; tail-feathers like the back and indistinctly barred; lower parts pale rufous-white, speckled with brown, especially on the breast; all feathers with whitish shaft-stripes interrupted at short intervals by brown spots.
Bill bluish white; cere pale bluish green ; irides deep brown; feet and claws bluish white (Davison). Tarsus feathered nearly to the end.
Length about 11; tail 4.8; wing 7.4; tarsus 1.1; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The Malay Peninsula. A specimen was obtained by Oates at Malewoon, Southern Tenasserim, and another by Davison at Meetan, S.E. of Moulmein.