Phodilus or bay owls, is a genus of barn-owls.
Bay owls appear similar to other barn owls; they are generally smaller, have ear-like feather tufts, and have a more divided and U-shaped facial disk.
Phodilus prigoginei is not well known and was initially considered a subspecies of Phodilus badius; today, however, it is not clear whether the African species would not be better placed in Tyto or a monotypic genus. It is similar to the other Phodilus species in being smaller than typical barn-owls, and having the more U-shaped facial disk; however, the ear-like feather tufts are hardly visible.
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