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 1 year 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 1 year ago 23 sec 4.3
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 33 weeks ago 36 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 37 photos
adult at day roost
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Nik Borrow 23 October 2013 4 weeks ago 4.3
Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus), nesting in a house
Locality Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Jacques Erard 15 October 2005 5 weeks ago 4.3
A bird on a branch.
Locality Sagala Lodge, Segala Hills, Kenya
Krzysztof Blachowiak 23 September 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Perched on a roof
Locality Henley on Klip, Gauteng Province, South Africa
ossewa 3 November 2012 6 weeks ago 4
Owl ion Rocks
Locality Serengeti, Tanzania
HGhiold 30 October 2012 51 weeks ago 4
Spotted Eagle-Owl perched on a branch near a nest
Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia
Rhonda Hansch 22 September 2007 1 year ago 4