- Bubo capensis
Includes Mackinder's Eagle-Owl
Length 48-58 cm (19-22¾ in)
- Dark brown, buff spotted upperparts
- Creamy-buff, dark blotched underparts
- Pale buff facial disk
- Orange-yellow iris
Bubo capensis has three subspecies:
- B. c. dillonii
- B. c. mackinderi
- B. c. capensis
mackinderi is sometimes considered a full species Mackinder's Eagle Owl.
Mountainous regions, hilly country, and rocky gorges.
The diet includes mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs and large invertebrates.
A scrape is made in a cliff ledge, in cave entrance or under bush. The 1-3 eggs are incubated for 35 days. The young fledge 6-7 weeks later.
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- World Owl Trust
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