Red-brown or gray-brown plumage; streaked upperparts; lightly barred lower wings and tail; vertically streaked, light underparts; round head; black eyes extremely sensitive to light.
Mainly nocturnal. Spends most of its time perching inactively. Defends its nest aggressively.
Feeds on small animals, including rodents, birds, insects, lizards, and bats.
Wooded areas in the Northern Highlands, including Ajloun and the Dibbin Nature Reserve. Nests in tree holes and in rock and building crevices.