Screech or Hoot
Owls are divided into two main groups or families, the Strigidae and Tytonidae. The tytonids are screeching owls and include the grass and barn owls in southern Africa. These owls have long slender bills, smaller, dark eyes and a pectinate claw for preening. The strigids include all other owls and either hoot or have a whistled call. They have enormous eyes, stouter bills and no pectinate claw.
Owls do not essentially have better eyes than humans in that they can see the same spectrum of light that we can....more
Pearl-spotted owls are one of Southern Africa’s smallest owls. They are only 18–19 cm and do not have ‘ear’ tufts. They have cinnamon brown heads with off-white facial disks. The upper parts are brown with numerous...more
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