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Albertine Owlet - BirdForum Opus

Glaucidium albertinum


20 cm

  • Rounded head, heavily spotted with white
  • Plain mantle and back
  • Barred breast
  • Spotted belly and flanks
  • Pale yellow eyes.


Western Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eastern Africa: Rwanda

Known from 5 specimens from north-eastern Zaire and northern Rwanda[1]



This taxon is considered a subspecies of Glaucidium capense (sensu lato) by some authors[2]

Some authorities place this species in genus Taenioglaux.


Open montane and transitional forest, with many clearings.


The diet includes invertebrates.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. BirdLife International
  4. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2

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