Abyssinian Owl

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Abyssinian Owl
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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Bilateria
Branch Deuterostomia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Sub-phylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Class Information
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Sub-class Neornithes
Infra-class Neoaves
Order Information
Order Strigiformes
Family Information
Family Strigidae
Sub-family Striginae
Genus Information
Genus Asio
Species Information
Species A. abyssinicus
Population statistics
Conservation status Least concern[1]

The Abyssinian owl (Asio abyssinicus) is a species of owl inhabiting the forested areas of east-central Africa.

Description

The Abyssinian owl is up to 17 inches in length and a 30-inch wingspan. Despite being darker in color, it bears a similar appearance to the related long-eared owl (Asio otus); some authorities list the Abyssinian owl as a subspecies of A. otis. The Abyssinian owl has a buff-rufous or tawny facial disc that is pale to dark, with distinctive light grey eyebrows, yellow eyes and a dark bill. The ear tufts are also dark brown with white edging.

Subspecies

  • Asio abyssinicus abyssinicus; Eritrean and Ethiopian highlands
  • Asio abyssinicus graueri; Democratic Republic of the Congo: (Ruwenzori Mountains, Mt. Kabobo); Kenya (Mt. Kenya)

Abyssinian owls inhabit heath and open grasslands, wetlands, open wooded areas, damp forest valleys and gorges, from sea level to an elevation of up to 12,800 feet.

They are active at dawn as well as at night. Diet consists of small mammals, birds, and reptiles. Reproduction is largely unknown; however, it is clear that it is territorial and that it often places its nest in the abandoned nests of other birds.

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