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 12 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 3 years ago 58 sec 4.8
A bird roosting in a tree Locality Hora Crater Lake, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp africanus)
Keith Blomerley 7 April 2002 7 years ago 18 sec 4.6
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 3 years 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 12 years ago 49 sec 4.5
chestnut-brown morph perched on branch Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp africanus)
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 1 year ago 27 sec 4.3
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 2 years ago 14 sec 4.3
PhotosSee all 49 photos
An adult perched in a tree.
Locality Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (Kalahari Gemsbok NP), Northern Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Carmelo López 5 December 2010 5 years ago 4.4
A parent with two chicks roost in a willow tree
Locality Greyton, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp africanus)
Mike_G 5 November 2005 7 years ago 4.4
Locality Calvinia, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Markus Lilje 23 October 2014 28 weeks ago 4.3
chestnut-brown morph; a grey morph was also present
Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 2 years ago 4.3
adult at day roost
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Nik Borrow 23 October 2013 2 years 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 2 years ago 4.3