693. Scops japonicus

693. SUBSP. SCOPS JAPONICUS.
Scops japonicus, Temm, and Schlegel, Faun. Jap. Aves, p. 27, pl. 9 (1850) ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. ii. p. 56 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 150 ; S. bakkamoena, Swinh. Ibis, 1860, p. 47 (nec. Penn) ; S. stictonotus, Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. ii. p. 54, pl. iii. fig. 2 (1875).
Male ad. (Japan). Differs from S. giu in being darker and more uniform in colour, both on the upper and under parts, in having the dark markings less clearly defined, and the lower part of the tarsus unfeathered and bare. Wing 5.7, tail 2.8, tarsus 1.2 inch.
Hab. South-eastern Siberia (the Ussuri country and Amoor Bay), China, Manchuria, and Japan. In habits this bird does not appear to differ from Scops giu, of which it is merely an eastern form. After a careful exami┬Čnation of specimens, I am unable to separate Scops japonicus from S. stictonotus except that the latter approaches somewhat nearer to S. giu in having the dark markings somewhat better defined, especially on the under parts.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
693. Scops japonicus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
693
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
488
M_ID: 
6398
M_SN: 
Otus sunia japonicus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10964

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