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Photo by Scottishdude
Gambia March, 2010
Glaucidium perlatum


Length 17-20 cm (6½-7¾ in)

  • Brown upperparts with many white spots
  • White underparts with brown streaks
  • White facial disc
  • Yellow eyes
  • Two nuchal eyespots

Sexes are similar, but young birds are paler with a shorter tail.


Subspecies licua
Photo by volker sthamer
Tarangire, Tanzania, September 2016

Africa south of the Sahara:
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, eSwatini



Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:


Open woodland and savannah.



They hunt a variety of small prey by day. Their diet mostly consists of arthropods but they also eat bats, rodents, lizards and birds.


The call is a whistled tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu.


It makes its nests in a hole in a tree. Two to four eggs are laid.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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