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Eurasian Scops-Owl

Otus scops

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Fairly common summer migrant to warmer regions, from winter grounds in Mediterranean and Africa. Found in variety of open woodlands, orchards, parks. Active at night, when may be detected by monotonously repeated song, a single plaintive hoot, that carries quite well. Cryptic, bark-like plumage means that Scops Owls are rarely seen in daytime, when they roost in shady trees and hollows. Note very small size, ear tufts (raised when alert), and golden yellow eyes.

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