Fairly large, brown owl with tiny ear tufts. Found in marshes, cultivation, and grasslands, especially moist grasslands. Sometimes active well before dusk and well after dawn, especially on cloudy days. Not very vocal, but does give quiet creaking calls. Often found in similar habitats to Barn Owl, but much darker, especially on the back and chest. Generally silent in flight, whereas Barn Owl frequently gives loud screeches.