The scops is a small owl with aigrettes or "horns," the wood-owl is a large bird without aigrettes.
The owl I know least is a little scops owl, kept alone in the insect-house.
"But she is innocent as that bird in the air," screamed her lover, pointing to a scops owl which was sailing above the cypresses.
The writer ascribes this call to the collared scops owl (scops bakkamoena).
Dale, an English author, mentions another example of the utility of the scops.
It is easy to distinguish between the two owls, as the scops has aigrettes or "horns," which the spotted owlet lacks.
Like the scops, it delights in following persons who pass its retreat, especially at the break of dawn.
A screech owl (scops zorca) weighing one-third of a pound had 2.35 square feet of wing surface per pound of weight.
Very different is the cry of the little scops owl (scops giu).