Length 14-18 cm; mass 45-97 g. A small, heavily streaked, grey owl with ear tufts. The face is surrounded by black edging.
Dry woodland, savanna, parks.
The diet includes insects and spiders.
A frog-like prrup repeated every 5-8 seconds; often for several minutes.
They breed in a tree cavity. 4-6 eggs laid from April – June and incubated for 27 days. Young fledge by about 30 days.