- Tyto capensis
- Dark brown upperparts
- Whitish below
- Round face
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".
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.
- 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
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) African Grass Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 17 April 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/African_Grass_Owl