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Pallid Scops Owl

Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei)

The Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei) is a small owl species found in parts of the Middle East, particularly in desert and semi-desert regions. It's known for its pale, mottled plumage that helps it blend seamlessly with its arid surroundings. These owls are primarily nocturnal, hunting small rodents, insects, and occasionally small birds.
Here are some specific details about their habitat preferences: Deserts and Semi-Deserts: Pallid Scops Owls are often found in desert regions with sparse vegetation, rocky outcrops, and sandy terrain. They are well adapted to these harsh environments and can be found in areas with limited water sources. Open Woodlands: While they are primarily associated with deserts, Pallid Scops Owls can also inhabit open woodlands with scattered trees and bushes. These habitats provide them with roosting sites and potential hunting grounds for small prey. Savannas and Grasslands: In some regions, they may occur in savannas and grasslands with shrubs and low vegetation. These areas offer suitable hunting opportunities for rodents, insects, and other small animals that form their diet. Rocky Areas: Pallid Scops Owls are known to roost in rocky areas such as cliffs, escarpments, and boulder-strewn landscapes. These locations provide them with sheltered roosting spots during the day, helping them avoid predators and extreme weather conditions. Human-Altered Landscapes: In certain cases, these owls may also inhabit human-altered landscapes such as agricultural fields, orchards, and gardens near their natural habitats. However, they generally prefer undisturbed areas away from heavy human activity.
Dubai UAE
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Scientific name
Otus brucei
Equipment used
Canon r5 RF150-500 USM
Shutter speed, aperture & ISO
Ss 1/15 Ap 6.3 Iso3200

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Canon Canon EOS R5
Focal length
400.0 mm
Exposure time
1/15 second(s)
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12.1 MB
Date taken
Thu, 06 October 2022 11:20 PM
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