Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Least Concern

Akun Eagle-owl (Bubo leucostictus)


French: Grand-duc tacheté German: Schwachschnabeluhu Spanish: Búho de Akún

Bubo leucostictus


, 1855,

Dabocrom, Ghana


No obvious close relatives. Monotypic.


Patchily from W Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia E to Nigeria and Cameroon, S to mouth of R Congo and NW Angola, and across N & E DRCongo to extreme WC Uganda#R.

Descriptive notes

40–46 cm; male 486–536 g, female 524–607 g. Relatively small eagle-owl, with comparatively small feet and weak bill. Facial disc light rufous with pale... read more


Typical vocalization (restricted to male?) a series of low, soft grunts “roh, roh, roh...... read more


Primary and older secondary lowland rainforest, mainly at edges and clearings and stands with open... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly insects, such as beetles, cicadas cockroaches and locusts; perhaps takes small vertebrates, but not yet recorded in diet; captive... read more


Very little known. Gonadal condition of specimens indicates laying in Nov–Dec in Sierra Leone, Nov–Jan in Gabon, and Mar and... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Patchy distribution with restricted pattern of occurrence; usually considered uncommon. Uncommon in Sierra Leone, and... read more

Recommended citation

Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L. & Marks, J.S. (2020). Akun Eagle-owl (Bubo leucostictus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).