Area of zoo
Birds of the World arena
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Ptilopsis leucotis
Woodland savannah, scrub and bush.

White-faced Scops Owl facts

  • White-faced Scops Owl are able to transform to ward off predators, by either making themselves appear much larger or smaller.
  • Most prey is swallowed whole and the indigestible bits, such as bones, feathers and fur, are regurgitated as pellets.
  • Their nests may be built in old nests of other birds, in a treehole or even on the ground.

What do white-faced scops owls look like?

Their faces are characterised by two “ear” tufts with black tips and large orange eyes. Their faces are white with a black boarder, while their general plumage is grey with dark streaks and white spots.

What do white-faced scops owls eat?

Insects, small mammals and birds.

White-faced scops threats

Habitat loss - human encroachment is making it harder and harder for Scops owls to find safe homes in which to nest and breed,