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 10 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
Large chick on the ground beside the main path, calls - other chick next to it Locality Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Martin Flack 17 October 2011 6 weeks ago 14 sec 4.5
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 4.5
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 10 years ago 49 sec 4
A bird roosting in a tree Locality Hora Crater Lake, Oromia Region, 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 7 years ago 14 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 40 photos
chestnut-brown morph; a grey morph was also present
Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 9 weeks ago 4.3
adult at day roost
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Nik Borrow 23 October 2013 23 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 23 weeks ago 4.3
MariAndy 23 September 2013 15 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
large bird stationary for hours on tree along roadside mid day
Locality Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Ghanzi District, Botswana
owlbird 28 November 2013 17 weeks ago 4.2