African wood owl

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African Wood 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 Strix
Species Information
Species S. woodfordii
Population statistics
Conservation status Least concern[1]

The African wood owl (Strix woodfordii) is a medium-sized owl found in the forested areas of sub-Saharan Africa.


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.