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 2 years 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 32 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 2 years ago 23 sec 4.5
chestnut-brown morph perched on branch Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp africanus)
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 23 weeks ago 27 sec 4.4
chestnut-brown morph perched on branch and flying away Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia (ssp africanus)
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 23 weeks ago 34 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 10 years ago 49 sec 4
PhotosSee all 41 photos
chestnut-brown morph; a grey morph was also present
Locality Sesriem, Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia
Tom Heijnen 20 July 2012 36 weeks ago 4.3
adult at day roost
Locality Lake Baringo, Kenya (ssp africanus)
Nik Borrow 23 October 2013 49 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 50 weeks ago 4.3
MariAndy 23 September 2013 42 weeks ago 4.3
A bird on a branch.
Locality Sagala Lodge, Segala Hills, Kenya
Krzysztof Blachowiak 23 September 2011 3 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 44 weeks ago 4.2