Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Chestnut Owlet (Glaucidium castaneum) - HBW 5, p. 223

French: Chevêchette châtaine German: Kastanienkauz Spanish: Mochuelo Castaño
Other common names: Chestnut Barred Owlet; Lake District/Ituri Owlet (castaneum)

Taxonomy: Glaucidium castaneum Neumann, 1893, Andundi, Zaire.
Has been suggested as forming superspecies with G. capense and G. albertinum. Has been treated as conspecific with G. capense; or sometimes disjunct race etchecopari alone placed with latter or even treated as separate species on grounds of distribution and ecology. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • etchecopari Érard & Roux, 1983 - patchily in Liberia and Ivory Coast.
  • castaneum Neumann, 1893 - NE Zaire (Semliki Valley) and SW Uganda (Bwamba Forest).

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