African Grass-owl (Tyto capensis) - HBW 5, p. 74
French: Effraie du Cap
Spanish: Lechuza de El Cabo
Other common names: Grass Owl(!), Cape/Common Grass-owl, Cape/African Owl
Taxonomy: Strix Capensis A. Smith, 1834, Cape Town, South Africa.
Forms superspecies with T. longimembris, and often treated as conspecific. Some minor variation recorded, but races damarensis, libratus and cameroonensis considered no longer tenable. Monotypic.
Distribution: Cameroon highlands (3 records); Congo and N Angola E to S Uganda and W Kenya, then S through W Tanzania and Zambia to W Mozambique and E South Africa (formerly W to Cape Town); single record from Ethiopia; recorded in error from Namibia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
flying over habitat and landing in grass - repeated in slow motion Locality Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa (ssp capensis)
Martin Kennewell 28 September 2014 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 32 sec 4
flushed from roost in grassland
Locality Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
jonhornbuckle 23 October 2011 3 years ago 3.9
Bird flying. Dorsal view.
Locality Cedara, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Adam Riley 16 June 2010 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.4
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