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
Families 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.


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.


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