Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old genus name of the African cranes now called Anthropoides.
- n. A genus of Strigidæ, the screech-owls, characterized by small size and the presence of plumicorns. (Brünnich, 1772.) There are numerous species, of most countries. The European species is S. giu; the United States species is S. asio, the common gray, red, or mottled owl, of which there are many varieties. These form a section now called
Megascops. See red owl, under red.
- n. [lowercase] An owl of this genus; a scops-owl.
- n. Plural form of scop.
“When the original storyteller-singer performers, called scops, traveled through medieval England performances of the entire 3,182- line epic would last between four to seven hours.”
“The scops is a small owl with aigrettes or "horns," the wood-owl is a large bird without aigrettes.”
“The wren and scops owl papercrafts above are among the most realistic bird models I've seen so far.”
“Other characteristic species of these well watered woods are the mandarin duck Aix galericulata, Scops owl Otus scops, Greater pied kingfisher Ceryle lugubris, ruddy kingfisher Halcyon coromanda, broadbilled roller Eurystomus orientalis, nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes and brown dipper Cinclus pallasii.”
“Sadly, they are too late to help the Mauritius giant skink — a type of large grey lizard — its broad-billed parrot, scops owl or lesser flying fox, and many other species now extinct.”
“Birds includes herons Egretta sacra, stork-billed kingfisher Pelargopsis capensis, collared scops owl Otus bakkamoena, white bellied swiftlet Collocalia esculenta, pygmy swiftlet C. troglodytes, scrub-hen Megapodius freycinet cumingii and sea eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster.”
“The flora and fauna of Sri Lanka are greatly understudied; for instance, in 2004 alone, a new species of owl, the Serendib scops owl (Otus thilohoffmanni), was described and nine other bird species added to the list of endemics.”
“Pictured is a gray morph of the Sokoke scops owl (Otus ireneae, EN) in the Arabuke-Sokoke Forest of Kenya.”
“Pemba Island, which is one of BirdLife International's Endemic Bird Areas, has four endemic species: the Pemba white-eye (Zosterops vaughani), Pemba green-pigeon (Treron pembaensis), Pemba sunbird (Nectarinia pembae), and Pemba scops-owl (Otus pembaensis).”
“The bird fauna consists of more than 450 species, including four near-endemic species and one endemic species, the Simeulue scops-owl (Otus umbra) (Table 2).”
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