It’s a clear, single note that could be interpreted as sounding a little like “Scop”! The African Scops Owls (Otus senegalensis) - also known as Annobon Scops Owls, Cape Scops Owls or Common Scops Owls - are small owls that are resident (non-migratory) in sub-Saharan Africa and southwestern Arabia.. African Scops Owl ~ Otus senegalensis Introduction The African Scops Owl is a very small owl with small, well developed ear-tufts that are blade-shaped when erected. African Scops-owl Otus senegalensis Check out the full taxonomy and distribution of African Scops-owl on HBW Alive. We heard this owl before we saw it, calling from above our tent in Kruger National Park. These owls have a wide range, in which they are generally common. The African Scops-owl (Otus senegalensis) is the smallest owl in Southern Africa. African Scops-Owl ( Otus senegalensis) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014): African Scops-Owl ( Otus senegalensis) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015): African Scops-Owl ( Otus senegalensis) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016): African Scops-Owl ( Otus senegalensis) Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017): African Scops-Owl ( Otus senegalensis) Avibase … The African scops owl makes a single “kruup” note call and the Southern white-faced owl makes a bubbling “popopopopopopeeee” note call. It has ear tufts but sometimes lays them down flat as in the photo above. Photos of Various Owl Species for Identification. Scops Owl Chicks To avoid detection by potential predators, scop’s owl chicks will slit their eyes and raise their eye tufts, to try and look inconspicuous.