African Scops Owl {Otus senegalensis}

Maree Clarkson

Tarlton, South Africa

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This is a watercolour done on tea-stained Bockingford 300gsm – 24” x 16”
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“A wise old owl sat on an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard;
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?”
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See my SATURDAY CHAT on Owls.
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The African Scops Owl is a common, sometimes abundant, resident of Savannah woodland in South Africa. Scops Owls feed mostly on insects and spiders and breed in a tree cavity.

The Scops Owl is fully nocturnal and mostly insectivorous. It is a bird of scrub and bush territory, and often uses ground nest sites for breeding.

It is a small owl of only about 17cm and lays its 4-6 eggs in a tree cavity from April – June. Incubation about 27 days. Young fledge by about 30 days.

Its call is a soft croaking, frog-like “prrrup-prrrup”.


25/06/2010 – FEATURED in “I Love Birds”
11th September 2010 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”
25th September 2011 – FEATURED in “Animals of Africa”
28th September 2011 – FEATURED in “The Birds”
18th October 2011 – FEATURED in “Art on Everyday Material”
12th November 2011 – FEATURED in “Only Owls”
25th October 2012 – FEATURED in “Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants”

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