African Scops Owl Facts and Photos

Information about the Bird African Scops Owl

The African scops owl produces four to six eggs throughout April and June. Incubation lasts about 27 days. The young fledge in 30 days. The African scops owl lays her eggs in a tree hollow.The African scops owl's primary habitat is woodland, especially Mopane and Okavango; it also inhabits a wide range of mixed bushveld.The African scops owl gives a distinctive "prrrp" at five second intervals. It is nevertheless difficult to sight due to its camouflage, small size and cryptic behavior. When roosting in daylight, this species extends its ear tufts to give the impression of a tree branch, making it easily overlooked. The African scops owl is around 15-17cm in length.The African scops owl (Otus senegalensis) is a small owl endemic to sub-Saharan Africa.

When he first described the African scops owl in 1837, from a specimen collected in Senegal, William John Swainson assigned it to the now defunct genus Scops, giving it the scientific name Scops senegalensis.
The African scops owl is a small owl, measuring 17cm (6.7in) in length. It is typically greyish-brown, though sometimes pale rufous or warmer brown, and is cryptically marked with streaks and mottling. Its grey facial disk has a narrow black edge, and its eyes are yellow. It has ear tufts, which are generally kept lowered unless the bird is disturbed.
The migrant Eurasian scops owl is very similar to the African scops owl; though it averages slightly larger, it may not be distinguishable in the field.
The African scops owl is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa. It ranges from sea level to 2,000m (6,600ft) in elevation, and is found in wooded habitats and forest edge, including in gardens and mangroves.
The African scops owl is strictly nocturnal. During the day, it perches close to the trunk of a tree.

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