Typical scops-owl, with small ear tufts that can be hidden, especially when roosting during the day. Color varies from gray to brown, and occasionally to rufous. Inhabits dry forest, including spiny forest, scrub, and plantations. Often found on day roosts in low tree holes or tangles. Song is a rolling “trrr-trrr-trrr…”. Very similar to Malagasy Scops-Owl, but found in dry forest rather than rainforest, and its song consists of notes that are rolled together rather than distinct hooting notes.