This species is uncommon and is endemic to the Nicobar Islands. It inhabits the coastal forests, and breeds during March-April. It most probably forages on insects. Its habitat details are little understood (BirdLife International 2018).
According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is stable, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. Most of the threats are not fully understood. Possibly habitat disturbance due to agriculture and other human encroachments can be threatening (BirdLife International 2018).
Cite this page along with its URL as: Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Otus alius Rasmussen, 1998 – Nicobar Scops Owl. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. http://www.birdsofindia.org/sp/1140/Otus-alius
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