Typical Owls (Strigidae)

African Long-eared Owl (Asio abyssinicus) - HBW 5, p. 241

French: Hibou d’Abyssinie German: Afrika-Waldohreule Spanish: Búho Abisinio
Other common names: Abyssinian/Ethiopian (Long-eared) Owl

Taxonomy: Otus abyssinicus Guérin-Méneville, 1843, Eritrea.
Forms superspecies with A. otus and A. madagascariensis. Has been treated as race of A. otus, but considered specifically distinct on grounds of biometrics, and plumage and vocal differences. Race graueri sometimes considered inseparable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • abyssinicus (Guérin-Méneville, 1843) - Highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • graueri Sassi, 1912 - Ruwenzori and Mitumba Mts in E Zaire/W Uganda, and Mt Kenya.

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