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Alternative names: African Bay-Owl; Itombwe Owl

Phodilus prigoginei


23-29 cm

  • Rusty-brown upperparts
  • Pale orange underparts
  • Oval facial disk
  • Dark iris


Itombwe in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

This is a poorly known species: including sight records and specimens, this species has been seen four times.

Second specimen in 50 years was ringed in the mountains of eastern DRC in 1996.


This is a monotypic species[1].

It has been suggested that genus Tyto would be more appropriate for this species.


Montane gallery forest and slopes with bushes and grass above this habitat.


Little known -- apparently nocturnal[3].


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. BirdLife International
  3. 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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