French: Chouette-pêcheuse rousse German: Rotrücken-Fischeule Spanish: Cárabo pescador rojizo
Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast and Ghana; possibly also Guinea.
46–51 cm; male 743 g, female 834 g (n = 1 for each sex). Head tawny, with indistinct facial disc and no ear tufts; upperparts dark rufous and unbarred (aside... read more
Deep, dove-like “ooo”, repeated at 1-minute intervals. Call similar to that of White-... read more
Endemic to Upper Guinea Forest. River and lagoon edges in lowland forest, mainly primary but also... read more
Food and feeding
Little known; catfish found in 1 stomach. Presumably hunts mostly at night, but occasionally active during day (photographed at mid-day on... read more
Very little known. Nestlings collected in Sierra Leone suggest only 1 young raised from egg laid Sept–Oct; in Liberia, juvenile still... read more
Probably resident; possibly some local movements, as with S. peli.
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Formerly listed as Endangered but now known to be more widespread than previously thought. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Upper Guinea... read more
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