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False eye-spots on an owl

These photos of a Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) were taken in Kruger National Park in 2015. From the front, this diminutive owl looks like any other. From the back, it has false eye-spots (presumably to startle predators).
Resource Group Animal Behavior Society Resource Collection
Primary or BEN resource type
General Biology Core Concepts
Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords owlet; mimicry; anti-predation
Key taxa Owl; Strigidae; Glaucidium perlatum
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Educational Language
Pedagogical Use Description These paired photos can be used to illustrate mimicry as a form of anti-predatory behavior. Most examples use invertebrates, but these photos provide an excellent example of eye-spot mimicry in a vertebrate.
Primary Author Controlled Name
Primary Author Affiliation Canisius College
Primary Author email
Submitter Name Sue Margulis
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Date Of Record Submission 2016-08-05

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