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Conservation Status

Conservation Status - Least Concern

Misty the White Faced Scops Owl

(Ptilopsis leucotis)

About Misty

We were given misty when he was only eight weeks old to prevent him from being exported to Japan. He is a very inquisitive little owl who likes to explore and although he can't yet fly, he has a great ability to climb. He sleeps for long periods of time and will always find the warmest place to take a nap. His favourite place seems to be on your slipper whilst you have your foot in it!

Description of the White Faced Scops Owl

This small owl has an off-white facial disc bordered with a prominent black line on either side, with orange eyes. This owl is white to grey in colour with vertical black streaks and speckling. The upper side is darker in colour with the same pattern of spots and streaks. They have large prominent ear tufts, and a sandy coloured beak. What was once called the White Faced Scops Owl Otus leucotis has recently had a taxonomic revision. There are now two types recognized: the Southern White Faced Owl Ptilopsis granti and the Northern White Faced Owl Ptilopsis leucotis.