Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Cape Eagle-owl (Bubo capensis) - HBW 5, p. 187

French: Grand-duc du Cap German: Kapuhu Spanish: Búho de El Cabo
Other common names: Dillon’s/Mountain Eagle-owl (dillonii); Mackinder’s Eagle-owl (mackinderi)

Taxonomy: Bubo Capensis A. Smith, 1834, near Cape Town, South Africa.
Affinities uncertain. Formerly thought to be member of B. bubo superspecies, but seems more distantly related. Race mackinderi has been considered a full species, but differences minor. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • dillonii Des Murs & Prévost, 1846 - S Eritrea and Ethiopian Highlands.
  • mackinderi Sharpe, 1899 - from WC Kenya S to Zimbabwe and W Mozambiqe.
  • capensis A. Smith, 1834 - South Africa and extreme S Namibia.

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