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Eurasian Scops Owl
Alternative names: Commmon Scops-Owl; European Scops-Owl
Small, eared owl with yellow eyes. Its plumage is a grey-buff intricately marked with black provides excellent camouflage against tree bark when roosting.
Young birds are more strongly vermiculated than adults.
Six subspecies are recognized:
Subspecies cycladum may be included in nominate form.
Open or semi-open woodland, parks, plantations etc. Winters on savannah. Usually not conifers except in parts of Russian range.
Nests in tree-holes and in cavities in rocks and walls.
Mainly insects and other invertebrates but also small lizards, frogs and small mammals.
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