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African Grass Owl - BirdForum Opus

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


  • Dark brown upperparts
  • Whitish below
  • Round face

Similar Species

Barn Owl


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


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].


Wet grasslands.


They are mainly nocturnal and emerge shortly after dusk.


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


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


  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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