Length: 8-11 inches
Wingspan: 23 inches
Weight: Male, 130-185 grams, Female, 120-250 grams
Male and female similarly colored. A small, round-headed, long-legged, diurnal owl with oval facial ruff and buff-white eyebrows. Upper parts are warm brown with crown, back, and scapulars spotted buff. The long, rounded wings have buff barring on their primaries.
The under parts are buff-white with brown barring. Throat is white; tail is short. Juvenile is buffy, and unspotted below. Perches erectly on ground near nesting burrow, or on low post.