African Scops-Owl

Otus senegalensis

African Scops Owl, Otus senegalensis, photo © by Michael Plagens.

In open woodland near the margin of Lake Baringo, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

From Wikipedia: The African scops owl is a small owl, measuring 17 cm in length. It is typically greyish-brown, though sometimes pale rufous or warmer brown, and is cryptically marked with streaks and mottling. Its grey facial disk has a narrow black edge, and its eyes are yellow. It has ear tufts, which are generally kept lowered unless the bird is disturbed. The African scops owl is around 15–17 cm in length with a wingspan of 45 cm.

Strigidae -- Owl Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

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Kenya Natural History

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