Rufous fishing owl

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Rufous fishing owl
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Scotopelia
Species: S. ussheri
Binomial name
Scotopelia ussheri
Sharpe, 1871

The rufous fishing owl (Scotopelia ussheri) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family.


English naturalist Richard Bowdler Sharpe described the rufous fishing owl in 1871. It is one of three species in the genus Scotopelia.


It measures 46 to 51 cm in length, and has bare legs and feet.[2]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It is found in Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Status and conservation[edit]

It was formerly classified as "Endangered" by the IUCN. But new research shows that it is not as rare as was once believed. Consequently, it was downlisted to "Vulnerable" on the 2011 Red List Of Threatened Species.[1]


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