Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Spotted Eagle-owl (Bubo africanus) - HBW 5, p. 187

French: Grand-duc africain German: Fleckenuhu 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.