The pearl-spotted owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) is a very small owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts. The name comes from the pearl-like white spots above the shoulders of this owl. The Pearl-spotted Owlet is active mainly at dusk and dawn, but also during daytime and occasionally on moonlit nights. Occurs south of the Sahara in Africa from southern Mauritania across to Ethiopia and south to northern Cape Province in South Africa, absent only from deserts and rainforests. This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.