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Dimensions2238 x 3200
Original file size1.93 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date taken30-May-14 14:19
Date modified11-Jun-14 07:59
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D4
Focal length500 mm
Focal length (35mm)500 mm
Max lens aperturef/4
Exposure1/800 at f/4
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 100
Metering modeSpot
Digital zoom1x
Pearl-spotted Owlet, Glaucidium perlatum, Turk Mine, Zimbabwe

Pearl-spotted Owlet, Glaucidium perlatum, Turk Mine, Zimbabwe

The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is an owl that breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is thebarn owls, Tytonidae.
Pearl-spotted Owlet is a common and easily seen bird in open woodland and savannah. It nests in a hole in a tree, such as a disused barbet nest, laying 2-4 eggs.
The Pearl-spotted Owlet is small (19 cm) and stocky, with a longish tail. The upperparts are rich brown, heavily spotted with white. The underparts are white, streaked with brown. The facial disc is white and the eyes are yellow. There are two eyespots on the nape.
Sexes are similar, but young birds are paler with a shorter tail. The flight is deeply undulating.
This species often hunts by day, and can be readily located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree. It hunts a variety of small prey, including birds. The call is a whistled tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu.