The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Scops Owl

Afrikaans name: Skopsuil

Photo of an African Scops Owl

African Scops Owl

Photo © Steven Herbert

Otus senegalensis

The African Scops Owl is found over much of sub-Saharan Africa. Its preferred habitat is savanna and woodland.

The main food items of the African Scops Owl are insects and spiders.

It is a small owl that only reaches a length of around 17 cm.

This quite a common species in some of the camps at Kruger National Park. In some camps and picnic spots their daytime roosts are well-known and attract a steady stream of onlookers.

References and further reading

A Delight of Owls - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1984 - Page: 56

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 158

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 120

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 120

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Published: 1970 - Page: 144

African Wildlife - Vol 36 No 2 - Author: - Published: 1982 - Page: 81

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 86

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 147

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Published: 1985 - Page: 258

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 106

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 69

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 131

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 42

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 112

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 166

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 218

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 218

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 193

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 249

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 260

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 346

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 342

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Published: 1998 - Page: 306

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 236

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 242

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 100

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 26

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 147

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 132

The Owls of Southern Africa - Author: Alan Kemp and Simon Calburn - Published: 1987 - Page: 106

Wild Issue 34 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 16

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 114

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