African barred owlet

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African barred owlet
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In Kruger National Park, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Glaucidium
Species: G. capense
Binomial name
Glaucidium capense
(Smith, 1834)

The African barred owlet (Glaucidium capense) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[1] With a length of 20 to 21 cm and a weight of 83 to 140 grams it is a small owl.[2] It has no ear tufts. There is some sexual dimorphism in size, with the females being larger, but no differences in plumage.

The species is most frequently found in woodland and forests, and on forest edges. It may also occur in more open savannah and along rivers.[1] It is partly diurnal, and feeds mostly on insects, although small rodents and birds may also be eaten.


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