Eurasian Scops Owl Otus scops

Scops Owl
Eurasian Scops Owl
The Eurasian Scops Owl, often called just the Scops Owl in Europe, is native to southern Europe through to Central Asia. Some migrate further south and to subSaharan Africa in winter.
Scops Owl
Scops Owl
Scops Owl
The call is a whistle. Very well camouflaged while sleeping in daytime, Scops can elongate their body to blend in with tree branches. Photos on this page were taken by Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.