Pearl-spotted Owlet

The Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is a member of the typical owl family, Strigidae, which contains the most species of owl. It breeds in Africa south of the Sahara. It is common in open woodland and savannah.

The owl is small and stocky, with a longish tail. The upper parts are rich brown and heavily spotted with white. The under parts are white and streaked with brown. The facial disc is white and the eyes are yellow. There are two eyespots on the nape. Sexes are similar, but the young are paler with a shorter tail.

The Pearl-spotted Owlet often hunts during daytime and can be easily located by the small birds that mob it while it is perched in a tree. It nests in a hole in a tree and the female lays 2 to 4 eggs. It hunts a variety of small prey.