Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum
Pearl-spotted Owlet, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Mole National Park, Ghana
June 2011

The Pearl-spotted Owlet is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara from Mauritania across to Ethiopia and south to the north of Cape Province in South Africa. It is found in savannas and woodland but is absent from desert and rainforest.

It is very small with a round head and, normally, a rather long tail. This individual seems to have lost its tail. The underparts are white with heavy rufous-brown streaks. It has two dark "eyes" on the nape.

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