• BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE!

    You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Marsh Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by swainsons
Johannesburg
Asio capensis

Identification

35-37 cm

  • Yellow eyes
  • Black iris
  • Short ear-tufts
  • Dark brown plumage

Distribution

Africa:

Photo by peterday
Merdja Zerga, Morocco, February, 2018

Northern Africa: Morocco, Tunisia
Western Africa: Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland
African Islands: Madagascar

Taxonomy

Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. c. tingitanus:
  • A. c. capensis:
  • A. c. hova:

Habitat

Prefers wetland with large and high grassland as Scirpus sp and Juncus sp.

Behaviour

Breeding

Breeding period occurs between March to June. They lay 2-4 eggs on the ground, amongst tussocks.

Diet

Diet includes insects, and small mammals, such as rodents and birds.

Vocalisation

Call: a frog-like kaar or rasping whistle shrss.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

Recommended Citation

External Links

Top