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Photo © by Mike Barth
Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, August 2014
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


Subspecies mackinderi
Photo © by monkir
Kenya, March 2017

Eastern Africa: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique andMalawi
Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland



Bubo capensis has three subspecies:[1]

  • B. c. dillonii
  • B. c. mackinderi
  • B. c. capensis

mackinderi is sometimes considered a full species Mackinder's Eagle Owl[2].


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.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) [Avibase - https://avibase.ca/C4227465]. Retrieved 29 November 2020
  3. World Owl Trust

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