It is a medium-sized owl with large ear tufts and a brownish-white facial disk rimmed with black. Its beak is black, and it has cinnamon-coloured eyes. The upperparts are cinnamon with fine black vermiculation and heavy stripes. The underparts are pale tawny with dusky streaks.
The Striped Owl’s diet is most frequently rodents, closely followed by small birds, other small mammals and large insects.