Deep Dive: Eurasian Scops Owl

by OBDK on February 21, 2022

The Eurasian Scops Owl is also known as the Common Scops Owl.1 It can be found in Europe and Africa, where it prefers open habitats with some trees around.1&2  They stand at 6 to almost 8 inches tall, with a wingspan of 5 to 6.5 inches. They weigh between 2 and almost 5 ounces.1 

These owls are nocturnal and are hard to see during the day, due to their markings.1&2 They have bark-like patterns on their feathers, which allows them to roost in trees and blend into their surroundings well.2 

When night falls, they become more active. They’ll hunt for insects and small animals, such as grasshoppers, beetles, moths, small birds, and frogs. They’ll often go near light that will attract moths in order to capture them.1


These owls will migrate between warmer and colder seasons. They’ll spend their winters usually in Africa, before heading back to their breeding territories in March.1&2 Overall, this species of owl is considered of Least Concern.2


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