African Barred Owlet Glaucidium capense

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Chunky brownish owlet. Shows bars and spots on the underparts and fine bars on the upperparts, including the top of the head. Found in forest, thickets, and thick woodland. Often active and vocal during the day. Gives a yelping series of “kow” notes, which are usually followed by emphatic, modulated, descending “ptrrrrr” notes. Similar to Pearl-spotted Owlet but has barring rather than spotting on the upperparts, and spots and bars rather than streaking on the underparts.

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