A. Smith, 1834,
Knysna, south-east Western Cape, South Africa.
Sometimes placed in Neotropical genus Ciccaba on basis of differences in external ear structure compared with Strix, but DNA studies show that such treatment not warranted. Birds from Sokoke Forest (SE Kenya) sometimes separated as sokokensis; populations from Central African Republic to Sudan and S DRCongo described as bohndorffi, but considered not separable from other races. Four subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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