A nocturnal species, Sjostedt’s owlet can be identified by its distinctive kroo-kroo-kroo call, most frequently made around dusk and dawn. Much of this species’ nighttime activity is devoted to hunting, which generally takes place in the forest understory. Its diet consists of insects such as grasshoppers, but also spiders, crabs, mice, small snakes and nestling birds. As a nestling predator, it is interesting to note that on occasions when Sjostedt’s owlet individuals are disturbed from their daytime roosts, they are often mobbed by small birds (2).
The breeding season of Sjostedt’s owlet is currently unclear. Although it is known to lay in July in Gabon, nestlings have been found throughout much of the year in Cameroon. Males are territorial, protecting their ranges from rival males, and making loud calls in order to attract females. After mating, a nest is constructed in a cavity or natural tree hollow, in which the female lays a clutch of at least two eggs, which are incubated for around one month (2).