The Pearl-spotted Owlet
) 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
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