Southern White-Faced Owl

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Identification:

22-24cm. Prominent ear tufts and characteristic white face, edged with black. Upper-parts silvery-grey marked with black, underneath paler with black streaks and fine vermiculations. Orange eyes.

Habitat:

Thornbushes and acacia trees in savannas, open woodland, riverine woodland.

Behaviour:

The diet includes large insects and arachnids, also mammals and birds.
It nests from May to November, in tree hole or old stick nests of other birds. 2-3 eggs are laid and incubated for 30 days. Young leave nest by 1 month and are independent by 6 weeks.

Diet:

Both vertebrate and invertebrate prey.

Vocalisation:

Its call is variously described as a tremulous, two-syllable whoo-oooo, or a more dovelike coo-coo.

Breeding:

Monogamous. It nests in natural hollows in trees as well as stick nests built by other species.

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