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Barn-owls (Tytonidae)

African Grass-owl (Tyto capensis) - HBW 5, p. 74

French: Effraie du Cap German: Kapgraseule 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.

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