- Asio capensis
- Yellow eyes
- Black iris
- Short ear-tufts
- Dark brown plumage
Northern Africa: Morocco, Tunisia
Western Africa: Senegal, The Gambia, Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, DRC and Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique and Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, eSwatini
African Islands: Madagascar
There are 3 subspecies:
- A. c. tingitanus:
- North-western Morocco
- A. c. capensis:
- A. c. hova:
- Grasslands and marshes of Madagascar
Prefers wetland with large and high grassland as Scirpus sp and Juncus sp.
Breeding period occurs between March to June. They lay 2-4 eggs on the ground, amongst tussocks.
Diet includes insects, and small mammals, such as rodents and birds.
Call: a frog-like kaar or rasping whistle shrss.
- Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
- BF Member observations
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Marsh Owl. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 4 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Marsh_Owl