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African Scops Owl

Otus senegalensis


African scops owl is around 15–17 cm in length


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. During roosting in daylight, this species extends its ear tufts to give the impression of a tree branch, making it easily overlooked.

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Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx James and EnvUnlimited for the comments!

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Nice. Almost hypnotic eyes

Jared Hersch
Jared Hersch 8 years ago

Thx Guys for the comments!

outsidegirl0 8 years ago

awsome capture jared!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

OMG, so amazing! great capture, jared!

Jared Hersch
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Jared Hersch

Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa

Spotted on May 27, 2013
Submitted on Apr 21, 2014

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