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African Scops Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by jdbirdman
Etosha, Namibia, October 2004
Otus senegalensis


Length 14-18 cm; mass 45-97 g. A small, heavily streaked, grey owl with ear tufts. The face is surrounded by black edging.


Sub-Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Senegambia, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea
Eastern Africa: Somalia
Southern Africa: Namibia, South Africa
African Islands: Gulf of Guinea Islands


Arabian Scops Owl and Socotra Scops Owl were formerly included in this species.


  • O. s. senegalensis:
  • O. s. feae:
  • Pagulu (Gulf of Guinea)
  • O. s. nivosus:
  • South-eastern Kenya (lower Tana River to Lali Hills)


Dry woodland, savanna, parks




The diet includes insects and spiders.


A frog-like prrup repeated every 5-8 seconds; often for several minutes.


They breed in a tree cavity. 4-6 eggs laid from April - June and incubated for 27 days. Young fledge by about 30 days.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  4. Avibase
  5. SA-Venues.com

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