French: Hibou du Cap German: Kapohreule Spanish: Búho moro
A. Smith, 1834,
Waaiplaats, Martindale, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. tingitanus
(Loche, 1867) – NW Morocco.
A. c. capensis
(A. Smith, 1834) – isolated areas in W Africa from Senegal to Chad and Cameroon; also from South Sudan and Ethiopian Highlands, and from S Congo and S DRCongo, to Namibia, N Botswana and much of South Africa (S to the Cape).
A. c. hova
Stresemann, 1922 – Madagascar.
31–38 cm; male 221–351 g, female 283–393 g (nominate race); wingspan 82–99 cm. Round-headed, with dark areas around eyes, inconspicuous ear tufts in... read more
Loud croaking “creeouw” when flushed, when circling overhead, in courtship, and on... read more
Variety of open habitats, including moist coastal grasslands, marshlands, montane grasslands... read more
Food and feeding
Extremely varied diet suggests opportunist: small mammals, including bats and mice (e.g. Lemniscomys rosalia and Mastomys... read more
Lays Feb–Oct in N Africa, peaking in Mar; Sept–Nov in SW Africa; Apr–Jul in Madagascar. Nest a shallow, unlined scrape... read more
Partially migratory; wanders to uncertain extent outside breeding season. May leave areas during... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. No estimate of global population size. Nominate race likely to be found where suitable habitat exists; occurs in a... read more
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