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African Grass Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Mike Barth
Johannesburg, South Africa, February 2011
Tyto capensis

Identification

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Whitish below
  • Round face

Similar Species

Barn Owl

Distribution

Widespread throughout sub Saharan Africa
Western Africa: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia,
Mozambique
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland

Taxonomy

Until recently, the Eastern Grass Owl was considered to be part of the present species which at that time was known only as "Grass Owl".

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Wet grasslands.

Behaviour

They are mainly nocturnal and emerge shortly after dusk.

Breeding

It roosts and nests on the ground, forming tunnels in the grass.

Diet

The diet includes rodents, particularly Vlei Rats, but also birds, reptiles, frogs and insects.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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