Ptilopsis is a genus in the family Strigidae. Compaed to the closely related Otus family the have much bigger eyes and different vocal patterns. Two species included in this genus which were formely considered specie and subspecies in the Otus family. Pale birds in Sudan and dark ones elsewhere have been treated as racially distinct (as margarethae and nigrovertex, respectively), but both considered merely colour morphs.
Listen to the sound of Southern White-faced Owl
[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/STRIGIFORMES/Strigidae/sounds/Southern White-faced Owl.mp3]
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
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Video Southern White-faced Owl
copyright: Mark Sutton
This species was included with Northern White-faced Owl P. leucotis, but vocalisations and DNA are significantly different.