Spotted Eagle-owl (Bubo africanus) - HBW 5, p. 187
French: Grand-duc africain
Spanish: Búho Africano
Other common names: African Eagle-owl
Taxonomy: Strix africana Temminck, 1821, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
Often considered to include B. cinerascens as a race, but the two differ in morphology and not known to interbreed where ranges overlap. Taxonomic status of race milesi not well understood, possibly specifically distinct. Race tanae perhaps only pale variant, as is form described from Namibia (trothae). Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- milesi Sharpe, 1886 - SW Arabia, Yemen and Oman.
- africanus (Temminck, 1821) - Gabon E to Zaire (S of rainforest), S Uganda and C Kenya, S to the Cape.
- tanae Keith & Twomey, 1968 - R Tana and Lali Hills, in SE Kenya.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 8 videos
Adult female feeding 15 day old chick a mole Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
JR 16 October 2012 30 weeks ago 58 sec 4.8
An adult perched at its daytime roost Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Greg Baker 23 September 2002 39 weeks ago 23 sec 4
Two juveniles on the ground and flying away, then an adult bird perched on a branch and flying away Locality Strandfontein Sewage Works, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Peter Waanders 10 January 2003 9 years ago 49 sec 4
A bird roosting in a tree Locality Hora Crater Lake, Ethiopia (ssp africanus)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 5 years ago 18 sec 3.9
A close-up of a bird perched Locality World of Birds, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Jordi Sargatal 15 August 1998 6 years ago 14 sec 3.8
bird roosting Locality Abuko, Western Division, The Gambia
Keith and Lynn Youngs 21 November 2004 4 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 36 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 33 photos
A bird on a branch.
Locality Sagala Lodge, Segala Hills, Kenya
Krzysztof Blachowiak 23 September 2011 1 year ago 4.2
Owl ion Rocks
Locality Serengeti, Tanzania
HGhiold 30 October 2012 22 weeks ago 4
Spotted Eagle-Owl perched on a branch near a nest
Locality Etosha National Park, Kunene Region, Namibia
Rhonda Hansch 22 September 2007 1 year ago 4
Sub-adult perched in tree
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Loutjie Steenberg 27 December 2009 2 years ago 4
A parent with two chicks roost in a willow tree
Locality Greyton, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Mike_G 5 November 2005 4 years ago 4
Spotted Eagle owl on overhanging tree branch
Locality Kabwe, Central Province, Zambia
Donald Burton 7 January 2011 2 years ago 3.9