Rainforest scops owl - closeup, Kirindy Reserve, Madagascar
A tiny owl also known as the Malagasy scops owl. It hunts mostly at night, and rests at day as seen here. Technically, the western species seen here used to be called the Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis) yet the two species were lumped together as a single species in 2007.
It comes in different morphs. Gray, brown and rufous (as seen on photo). Seven years earlier we found the gray morph here in Kirindy:
The rainforest scops owl , also known as the Malagasy scops owl or Madagascar scops owl, is a species of owl in the family Strigidae. It is found in a large part of eastern Madagascar, but the exact distribution limits between it and the Torotoroka scops owl , with which it was long considered conspecific, require further study. The natural habitat of the rainforest scops owl is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.