A. Smith, 1834,
17 km west of Bathurst, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
This and some other Old World owlet species placed in genus Taenioglaux by some recent authors#R#R. Thought to be most closely related to G. castaneum and G. albertinum, one or both of which have been considered conspecific with present species by some authors; W African etchecopari has been included in G. castaneum (e.g. in HBW). Race etchecopari treated as full species in second edition of recent monograph#R on basis of allopatry and “different vocalisations”, but latter statement contradicted by original description, where voice said to be identical to capense and this supported by independent evidence#R. Recent studies have indicated that ngamiense (including intergrade forms “clanceyi” and “robertsi”) and scheffleri should both be regarded as distinct species, on basis of morphology, geographical distribution, habitat preferences and slight vocal differences, but much more research needed. Four subspecies currently recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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