French: Hibou d’Abyssinie German: Afrika-Waldohreule Spanish: Búho abisinio
Other common names:
Abyssinian Long-eared Owl
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. abyssinicus
(Guérin-Méneville, 1843) – highlands of Ethiopia.
A. a. graueri
Sassi, 1912 – Rwenzori and Mitumba Mts in E DRCongo–W Uganda and Rwanda, and Mt Kenya#R.
42–44 cm; 245–400 g (female c. 5% larger than male). Very similar to allopatric A. otus; head buffy, with dark brown bars, and long brown ear... read more
Male gives deep “who-woohm”, drawn out and rising in pitch, repeated every few seconds... read more
Open highlands, montane forest, moorland, and grassland with patches of cedar and oak; in Ethiopia... read more
Food and feeding
Little information. Ninety-two prey items identified in pellets collected beneath a giant heath at 3940 m in highlands of Ethiopia made up... read more
Very little information. Suspected to nest from Jan–Jun in abandoned stick nest of other bird, much like is typical for A.... read more
No information. Presumably resident.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Scarce to rather rare throughout range, with almost nothing known about its ecology, population trends, or limiting factors... read more
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