French: Effraie du Cap German: Kapgraseule Spanish: Lechuza de El Cabo
Other common names:
Grass Owl (when lumped with T. longimembris)
Cape Town, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. c. cameroonensis
Serle, 1949 – Cameroon Highlands.
T. c. capensis
(A. Smith, 1834) –
Congo and N Angola E to S Uganda and W Kenya, then S through W Tanzania and Zambia to C Mozambique and E South Africa (formerly W to Cape Town); two records from Ethiopia, where perhaps only a vagrant#R; recorded in error from Namibia.
34–42 cm; male 370–488 g, female 431–536 g. Dark sooty olive-brown upperparts with white dots contrast distinctly with whitish to pale buff underparts... read more
Similar to T. alba, but less strident, more muted screeches; soft, cricket-like “tk-... read more
Open grassland, vleis, marshes, moors and moist grassland up to 3200 m; also open... read more
Food and feeding
Prey includes rodents, especially vlei rats (Otomys irroratus), also shrews (Soricidae), hedgehogs (Erinaceidae), elephant-shrews... read more
Breeds at time of greatest grass cover: Oct–Jul in South Africa; Nov–May, mainly Feb–Apr, in Zimbabwe; Feb–Jun in... read more
Sedentary. Some local movements likely, depending on food supply, as well as post-breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. No estimates of global population; fewer than 5000 estimated for S Africa (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland). Most... read more
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