White Faced Scops Owl

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Grommit, although very beautiful, has a reputation as a rather grumpy member of our team.

He does have an absolute hatred of rakes and brooms so cleaning around his aviary gets you a few snarly comments!! We suggest you leave those implements at home when you come to visit him! However, he can be quite charming and certainly has a lot of admirers!

When he came to live with us at only 5 weeks old we simply didn’t realize the character we were taking on. We know better now.

Common Name: White-Faced Scops Owl

Latin Name: Otus ptilopsis leucotis

Conservation Status: Uncommon but widespread in suitable habitats. As with most owls it may be vulnerable to the use of pesticides and habitat destruction.

Wingspan: 540-580mm

Weight: 185-275g

Lifespan: 30 yrs (in the captivity).

Diet: Large insects, spiders, scorpions, small birds, reptiles and small mammals.

Average Litter Size: 2-4 eggs.

Habitat: Preferred habitats are dry savannas with thorn trees, forest edges and clearings. Absent from deserts and dense tropical rainforest.

The Owls Trust. Adopt Grommit, White Faced Scops Owl. Distribution Map.

Africa between the Sahara and the Equator.

The Owls Trust. Adopt Grommit, White Faced Scops Owl.