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African grass owl

Tyto capensis

The African grass owl is a species of owl in the Tytonidae family.
It is found in Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The African grass owl ''Tyto capensis'' is considered Vulnerable in South Africa, with between 1 000 and 5 000 birds remaining in this country , 2000). The species is extirpated in south-western South Africa and Lesotho, and the combined pressure from development; fire mismanagement; land clearing for agriculture; overgrazing; afforestation and roadkill are of serious concern for the species .

Grass owls differ in appearance from their cousins the barn owl in being larger, with stronger contrast between the upper and lower body. The upperparts are dark brown and the underparts whitish. The face is also rounder than that of the barn owl.
Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderStrigiformes
FamilyTytonidae
GenusTyto
SpeciesT. capensis