The upperparts, wings and crown are grey-brown or brown and mottled with white; the underparts are whitish with brown streaks. The yellow eyes and the thick whitish eyebrows give it a fearsome look. The legs and feet are feathered.
The sexes are alike though the female is usually a little larger than the male.
Juveniles are similar but duller and do not have white speckles on the crown.
Little Owls are often active during the daytime and can often be seen perched on branches close to the trunk, fence posts, or walls out in the open. When excited or alerted, the Little Owl bobs its head up and down, which helps it judge distance, etc.
Their flight is very undulating, similar to that of woodpeckers, and quite low over the ground