African wood owl
|African Wood Owl|
|Conservation status||Least concern|
The following subspecies are recognized by some authorities, based on slight differences in size and appearance:
- Strix woodfordii nigricantior
- Strix woodfordii nuchalis
- Strix woodfordii umbrina
- Strix woodfordii woodfordii
This species is the most common wood owl in Africa. It is found in Senegal east toward Sudan, southward into the Congo basin and Angola; on the eastern side of the continent it ranges from Ethiopia to South Africa.
African wood owls inhabit dense forest and woodland areas, including attached riverine, coastal forests, and forest edges. They are often seen on plantations, due in part to easy access to rodents as a result of human development and farming.