Long-winged owl with a dark back, pale underparts, and a pale, heart-shaped face. The central tail feathers are dark brown, and the outer ones pale. In flight, shows a buff mark at the front of the wing. Generally scarce and localized; found in marsh, grassland, and heath. Calls include a short, rough scream and low, creaking notes. Similar to Barn Owl in shape and size but shows a much darker back that contrasts with the pale underparts. Can be confused with Marsh Owl but shows a pale face, paler underparts, and less barring on the wings and tail in flight.