White faced scops owl

INTRODUCTION

Scops Owls are part of a widespread genus of around 40 species which include the American screech owls.

To defend themselves these tiny owls spend much of their time with their eyes shut for camouflage. They roost in thorny bushes until dusk when it is feed time.

They live in varying habitat and often breed in abandoned stick nests of small hawks or holes in decaying trees. Possibly the most attractive small owl species and also partly diurnal, hence its selection for indoor displays and hawk walks.

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Ptilopsis leucotis

Status:

Least concern

Size:

Up to 300mm wingspan

Weight:

185g to 220g

Life Span in Wild:

10yrs

Habitat:

Scrubland, savannah, rocky areas

Diet:

Carnivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Large insects and small mammals.

Where Do I Live?

Sub-Saharan Africa, in countries such as Ivory Coast, Congo, and Cameroon .

How Do I Live?

Crepuscular.

Do I have Any Predators?

Occasional secondary poisoning from pesticides.

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