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This is a small owl, and at 19 - 21 cm in length and a 47 - 54 cm wingspan is not as large as the Little Owl. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. This one was found in Pazin (central Istria) and since it was impossible to find its nest now it is adopted by my friends and hopefully will be returned to the wilderness soon! The Scops Owl perches upright and shows small ear tufts. It is predominantly grey-brown in color, with paler face, underparts and shoulder line. This species has a strong direct flight on long narrow wings, reflecting its migratory habits. The call is a deep whistle given by both sexes. It breeds in open woodland, parks and gardens. It lays 3 - 6 eggs in a tree hole.
This bird breeds in southern Europe eastwards into western and central Asia. It is migratory, wintering in southernmost Europe and sub-Saharan Africa.