Typical Owls (Strigidae)

African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense) - HBW 5, p. 222

French: Chevêchette du Cap German: Kapkauz Spanish: Mochuelo de El Cabo
Other common names: Barred Owl(!); Ngami Owlet (ngamiense); Scheffler’s Owlet, Eastern Barred Owlet (scheffleri)

Taxonomy: Noctua Capensis A. Smith, 1834, 17 km west of Bathurst, eastern Cape Province.
Has been suggested as forming superspecies with G. castaneum and G. albertinum. Some authors have considered present species conspecific with G. castaneum, or, alternatively, to include only disjunct W African race etchecopari of that species. Recent studies have indicated that ngamiense (including intergrade forms “clanceyi” and “robertsi”) and scheffleri should both be regarded as distinct species, on basis of morphology, geographical distribution, habitat preferences and slight vocal differences, but more research needed. Thre.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Noctua Capensis A. Smith, 1834, 17 km west of Bathurst, eastern Cape Province.
Has been suggested as forming superspecies with G. castaneum and G. albertinum. Some authors have considered present species conspecific with G. castaneum, or, alternatively, to include only disjunct W African race etchecopari of that species. Recent studies have indicated that ngamiense (including intergrade forms “clanceyi” and “robertsi”) and scheffleri should both be regarded as distinct species, on basis of morphology, geographical distribution, habitat preferences and slight vocal differences, but more research needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • scheffleri Neumann, 1911 - extreme S Somalia and E Kenya to NE Tanzania.
  • ngamiense (Roberts, 1932) - C Tanzania and SE Zaire across to S Angola, S to N Namibia, N Botswana, E Transvaal and SC Mozambique; also Mafia I.
  • capense (A. Smith, 1834) - from S Mozambique S to E Cape.

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