African Wood-owl (Strix woodfordii) - HBW 5, p. 204
French: Chouette africaine
German: Afrikanischer Waldkauz
Spanish: Cárabo Africano
Other common names: Woodford’s Owl
Taxonomy: Noctua Woodfordii A. Smith, 1834, Knysna, Cape Province.
This species, along with Neotropical S. virgata, S. nigrolineata, S. huhula and S. albitarsus, sometimes placed in separate genus Ciccaba on basis of differences in external ear structure compared with Strix, but DNA studies show that generic separation not warranted. Birds from Sokoke Forest in Kenya sometimes separated as sokokensis; populations described from Central African Republic to Sudan and S Zaire (as bohndorffi) considered not separable from other races. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- nuchalis (Sharpe, 1870) - Senegambia E to S Sudan and Uganda, S to N Angola and Zaire (except S & E), including Bioko I.
- umbrina (Heuglin, 1863) - Ethiopia and SE Sudan.
- nigricantior (Sharpe, 1897) - S Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar and E Zaire.
- woodfordii (A. Smith, 1834) - S Angola and S Zaire E to SW Tanzania, S to N Botswana and the Cape.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
Two birds roosting in tree Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana (ssp woodfordii)
Desmond Allen 29 September 2013 11 weeks ago 26 sec 4.2
front view spotlighted Locality Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp nuchalis)
Martin Kennewell 2 June 2004 2 years ago 45 sec 3.7
one at day time roost, perched overhead on the rain Locality Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp umbrina)
Martin Kennewell 28 October 2010 3 years ago 22 sec 3.4
Two birds roosting in a tree, at day time Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana (ssp woodfordii) (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 26 July 1998 7 years ago 15 sec 3.3
A bird in a nestbox Locality World of Birds, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Jordi Sargatal 15 August 1998 6 years ago 12 sec 3.2
A short sequence in the early hours of the night, in which a bird takes flight from a perch (slow-motion) Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana (ssp woodfordii)
Fran Trabalon 16 November 2011 2 years ago 4 sec 2
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African Wood Owl sitting on a branch.
Locality Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia
Donald Burton 7 January 2011 2 years ago 4.3
A perched bird
Locality Arusha Town, Arusha Region, Tanzania (ssp nigricantior)
Krzysztof Blachowiak 29 March 2013 30 weeks ago 4.1
An adult found during the day.
Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana (ssp woodfordii)
Ken Havard 16 April 2013 30 weeks ago 3.7
part of a couple
Locality Shimba Hills National Reserve, Kenya (ssp nigricantior)
Marco Valentini 7 February 2012 1 year ago 3.4
Bird resting in tree
Locality Pirang Forest Park, Pirang, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp nuchalis)
Klaus Lachenmaier 1 April 2013 34 weeks ago 3.2
An adult bird portrait.
Locality Cotswold Falconry, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, England, Great Britain
Tomasz Doroń 27 May 2013 27 weeks ago 3.2
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