Red-chested owlet

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Red-chested owlet
Red-chested owlet (right)
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Glaucidium
Species: G. tephronotum
Binomial name
Glaucidium tephronotum
Sharpe, 1875

The red-chested owlet (Glaucidium tephronotum) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.

A very small owlet, its facial disc is light grey with whitish markings and short white eyebrows. Its head and neck are dark grey and it has a dusky brown back and wings. The tail is long with three faint bars, the upper breast and flank are rufous wash, and the rest of the underparts are whitish with the belly sides streaked rufous. The bird's iris and bill are yellow.

Because so few of these owlets are known it is most likely that they are near threatened or rare.[citation needed]


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