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Southern White Faced Owl

Order:

Strigiformes

Family:

Strigidae

Group:

Ptilopsis

Lifespan:

Up to 30 years

Gestation:

30 day incubation, 2 to 3 eggs.

Distribution:

South Africa

Habitat:

Savanna, dry open woods and forest edges

Diet:

Carnivore - Reptiles, small mammals and insects

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Facts

The Southern White Faced Owl Ptilopsis granti is a relatively large scops owl with a distinctive white face, large orange-red eyes, long ear-tufts and dark-streaked pale greyish plumage. This owl is a nocturnal bird.

Hunting from a perch, it drops down and glides low over the ground before swooping up to a new perch. Prey are normally taken from the ground or from branches, held with its powerful talons and torn apart with its beak.

The typical call begins with a rapid, stuttering staccato trill, followed by a clear, drawn out note - whhhhhhhu-hooh - with the hooh often slightly rising in pitch.

 

 

Did you know?

This owl has the unique ability to modify its appearance in times of danger or threat. It may enlarge its body to ward off other owls, or it may make itself appear shrivelled to camouflage itself as a tree trunk or branch.