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Marsh Owl

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Photo by swainsonsJohannesburg
Photo by swainsons
Asio capensis


[edit] Identification

35-37 cm

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

[edit] Distribution


Photo by peterday Merdja Zerga, Morocco, February, 2018
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

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 3 subspecies[1]:

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

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] Vocalisation

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

[edit] 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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