Pel's Fishing-owl (Scotopelia peli) - HBW 5, p. 195
French: Chouette-pêcheuse de Pel
Spanish: Cárabo Pescador Común
Other common names: African Fishing-owl/Fish-owl
Taxonomy: Strix peli Bonaparte, 1850, Ashanti, Ghana.
Relationships of genus uncertain. Monotypic.
Distribution: Locally from Senegambia E to Benin, and from Nigeria S across Congo Basin and C Africa to Botswana, Mozambique and NE South Africa; also SE Sudan, Ethiopia, S Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania; status in S Mali, Burkina Faso and S Niger unclear.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird perched on a branch and looking around Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana (Monotypic species)
Josh Engel 16 December 2007 6 years ago 42 sec 2.7
A bird flying from branch to branch Locality Muzi Pan, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Keith Blomerley 19 October 2004 8 years ago 20 sec 2.7
A bird roosting near the river, videoed from a boat Locality Nile River, Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 28 August 2006 7 years ago 30 sec 1.8
PhotosSee all 8 photos
A perched bird
Locality Okavango Camp, Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana
Krzysztof Blachowiak 26 February 2014 19 weeks ago 4.8
adult at day roost
Locality Liwonde National Park, Southern Region, Malawi (Monotypic species)
Nik Borrow 29 November 2013 31 weeks ago 4.4
Bird perched on a branch.
Locality Okavango Delta, North-West District, Botswana
Tadeusz Rosinski 26 February 2014 14 weeks ago 4.3
A bird at day roost
Locality Benoue National Park, Adamawa Province, Cameroon (Monotypic species)
Lars Petersson 6 March 2012 17 weeks ago 4.3
An adult on a day roost.
Locality Shakawe, North-West District, Botswana (Monotypic species)
Ken Havard 16 April 2013 1 year ago 4.1
Adult Pel's Fishing Owl perched on dead tree in Luangwa River at night
Philip Perry 22 September 2006 5 years ago 4
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