Rufous Fishing Owl
|Rufous Fishing Owl|
The Rufous Fishing Owl, Chouette D'Ussher, Chouette-pêcheuse Rousse, Búho Pescador Rojizo, or Cárabo Pescador Rojizo (Scotopelia ussheri) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. 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. It was formerly classified as Endangered by the IUCN. But new research show that is not as rare as it was believed. Consequently, it was downlisted to Vulnerable on the 2011 Red List Of Threatened Species.
It measures 46 to 51 cm in length, and has bare legs and feet.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Scotopelia ussheri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Burton, John A. (1992). Owls of the world: their evolution, structure and ecology. Peter Lowe. p. 59.
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