French: Chevêchette à queue barrée German: Prachtzwergkauz Spanish: Mochuelo del Congo
Other common names: Sjostedt's Barred Owlet, Chestnut-backed Owlet
SE Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, N & S Congo, S Central African Republic and NW & C DRCongo.
20–25 cm; c. 140 g. Smallish owlet with head and neck brown with white barring; facial disc brown with buff-white barring; irides yellow; cere and bill pale yellow;... read more
3–6 notes uttered over c. 2 seconds, “kroo-kroo-kroo-kroo”, with 1-second... read more
Apparently occurs mostly in primary lowland forest, although ascends somewhat higher on Mt Cameroon... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly insects such as grasshoppers and dung beetles; also spiders, mice, small snakes, crabs and nestling birds. Known to attack... read more
Breeding habits poorly known. Lays in Jul in Gabon; nestlings found in Cameroon in Feb, May, Aug, Nov and Dec. Nest in cavity or natural... read more
Probably resident, making only local movements.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon in most of range; observed most frequently in Gabon, e.g. at La Lopé Reserve. Some authors give status as... read more
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