Greyish Eagle-owl Bubo cinerascens
(aka Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus, Bubo africanus cinerascens)
Greyish Eagle-Owl, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana & Ethiopia

The Greyish Eagle-owl is distributed in Africa south of the Sahara and north of the rainforest from Senegal and Gambia to south Sudan, northern Kenya and northern Uganda. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is normally found in rather dry habitats such as savannah with thorn bushes and scattered trees, semi-desert and open hillsides. It is not found in forests.

Authorities such as the HBW and Birdlife International Checklist treat it as a species in its own right but Howard & Moore 2013 treat it as a sub-species of Spotted Eagle Owl B. africanus.

It is quite a large owl though small compared to other eagle-owls. It is greyish brown with ear tufts, finely vermiculated (wavy-lines) above and densely vermiculated and barred below. The eyes are dark brown with pinkish edges to the eyelids.

Greyish Eagle-Owl, Mole, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image It is nocturnal, usually hunting from a perch for large insects, small mammals and birds as well as reptiles and frogs.

Langano Lake, Ethiopia, January 2016 - click for larger image

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