Southern White Faced Scops Owl

Latin Name Ptilopsis granti
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern numbers decreasing in some areas
Habitat Savannah, open woodland and riverine areas
Distribution Africa, South of the Equator

General Information

One of the most beautiful of the owls with its characteristic white face edged with black and amber jewel-like eyes. Its diet is insects and arachnids and it hunts small birds and mammals. Nests in old tree hollows or nests of other birds laying 2 to 3 eggs. After 30 days incubation the young are independent at 6 weeks.

Fun Fact

The hoots are this owl are an attractive series of bubbling sounds.

Keeper Notes

This owl is featured on the stamps of some South African countries.

Our 3 white-faced owls sometimes sit at the front of the aviary “head bobbing” demonstrating how they are defend their territory.