Rufous fishing owl
|Rufous fishing owl|
It measures 46 to 51 cm in length, and has bare legs and feet.
Distribution and habitat
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
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.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Scotopelia ussheri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Burton, John A. (1992). Owls of the world: their evolution, structure and ecology. Peter Lowe. p. 59.
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