Forks (Lat. Otus, from ancient Greek ὦτος, suppose. long-eared owl, from οὖς / ὠτός "ear") - a genus of birds from the owl family.
All scoops have an incomplete facial disc, rather large feather "ears", fingers naked or with stiff bristles. They have a reddish, brownish or grayish color with streaks, which well disguises the scops owls on the tree. All scoops are densely folded, the tarsus is short, the middle toe is longer than the inner one, with a claw that does not have serrations. The eggs of the representatives of the genus are round, white.
The scoop species are widespread in Europe, Asia (except for the North), Africa, America (except for the Far North and South). In Europe, a representative of the genus is widespread - the scops owl. In Russia, in addition to the scops owl, in the Far East there are also eastern and collar scoops. In the countries of Central Asia and Kazakhstan - the desert scoop.