Upper plumage tawny yellow, variegated with gray and brown: underneath white.
S. flammea, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. I. p. 91. White Owl, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. I. p. 99. pl. 24. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. i. p. 61.
Entire length fourteen inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) one inch four lines, (from the gape) one inch seven lines; of the tarsus two inches six lines; of the tail four inches eight lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing eleven inches: breadth, wings extended, two feet eleven inches six lines.
Facial circle white: all the upper parts bright tawny yellow, variegated with fine zigzag lines of brown and gray, and sprinkled with numerous white dots: under parts pure white, or with a faint tinge of reddish yellow, occasionally speckled with a few brownish points: bill and claws yellowish white: irides bluish black. (Egg). Dull white: long. diam. one inch six lines; trans, diam. one inch three lines.
Common in every part of the kingdom. Frequents churches and the eaves of old buildings, where it breeds, laying from three to five eggs. Habits nocturnal: comes abroad about sunset. Feeds principally on mice, but will occasionally devour other of the smaller quadrupeds: rejects the shrew. Screams in its flight, but does not hoot.