Small, compact dark owl with small ear tufts. The overall coloration is variable, and can be rufous or dark brown. Found in remnant lowland rainforest, secondary forest, and plantations on the island of Moheli, in the Comoros. The remarkable vocalizations include a raspy bark and a long, low-pitched growling hiss. Sometimes active and vocal during the day, especially the early morning and late afternoon. Easily identified, as the only other owl on Moheli is the much larger Barn Owl.