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

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

Appearance[]

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.

Behavior[]

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.

Diet[]

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.

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