A small, compact, gray-brown owl with small ear tufts. Found in woodland, usually in arid and hilly areas. Most often detected by voice: a frog-like “prreeeuup” that is repeated every 5–8 seconds, sometimes for long periods. Very similar to Eurasian and Pallid Scops-Owls. Darker overall than Pallid Scops-Owl, with thicker streaking and cross-barring on the underparts; usually distinguished by range. Best distinguished from Eurasian Scops-Owl by voice, though usually shows a paler face and eyebrows.
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