Owl, Eurasian Scops


Name: Owl, Eurasian Scops

Scientific name: Otus scops

Type: Owl

Color: Black,Grey,White

Habitat: Fields

Size: 21cm

Conservation status:

Passage Migrant


Small ‘eared’ owl; very similar to and difficult to distinguish from Pallid Scops Owl. Rather large-headed with small ear-tufts (head often just looks angular); brown-grey or rufous-brown with paler face and dark surround to yellow eyes. Plumage above streaked, barred and vermiculated black-brown; sides of crown, ears and shoulder distinctly white- or buff-spotted; underparts streaked, barred and vermiculated, interspersed with white blotches, primaries pale-barred. From other scops owl best distinguished by voice. Markedly nocturnal.

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