Variously called the African Spotted Eagle Owl (Eagle-owl), African Spotted Owl, African Eagle Owl and the Spotted Eagle Owl,
the owl looks very like the Great Horned Owl of America with less rich rufous colouring and slightly smaller; a big bird, it is one of the smallest
Eagle Owls at some 18 inches high.
It has a wingspan of over a metre and is native to much of the southern half of Africa. The irises are yellow.