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Abyssinian Owl
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Bird
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Asio
Species Asio abyssinicus
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Abyssinian owl or African long-eared owl (Asio abyssinicus) is a medium-sized true owl.


The Abyssinian owl has yellow eyes, a black bill and gray eyebrows. It is similar in appearance to the long-eared owl, Asio otus, but their ranges do not overlap, and the Abyssinian owl is darker. It has prominent dark brown, white-edged ear tufts that are slightly centrally located on the head.


The Abyssinian Long-eared Owl is a nocturnal bird, roosting during the daytime usually on a branch close to a tree trunk, or sometimes in groves of giant heath. Sometimes several owls may roost together.


Abyssinian owls feeds mostly on small mammals, but also other small vertebrates and insects. Hunts often on the wing, sometimes hovering over potential prey before snatching them. Also hunts from a perch.