690. Asio capensis

690.AFRICAN EARED OWL.
ASIO CAPENSIS.
Ash capensis (Smith), S. Afr. Quart Journ. Ser. 2. vol. ii. p. 316 (1835) ; Dresser, v. p. 265, pl. 305 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus, ii p. 239 Irby, Orn. Str. Gibr. 2nd. ed. p. 140.
El-hama, Moorish.
Male ad. (Morocco). Upper parts dark earth-brown, tinged with chocolate and vermiculated with lighter brown ; quills rufescent ochreous barred with blackish brown, the inner ones tipped with white ; middle tail-feathers dark brown, with five warm buff bands, the rest warm buff, barred with blackish brown and tipped with white ; ear-tufts small ; face dull white, pencilled with dark brown, the feathers round the eye black ; facial ruff black marked with reddish ochreous ; under parts pale brown marked, spotted, and vermiculated with light fulvous and dull white flower abdo¬men, under tail-coverts, and legs ochreous buff ; toes nearly or quite bare ; bill and feet blackish ; iris bluish black. Culmen 1.5, wing 11.6, tail 6.0, tarsus 2.25 inch. Sexes alike.
Hab. North-west Africa, south to the Cape Colony, occurring locally in Southern Spain.
In habits it appears to resemble the Short-eared Owl, but it is only found in marshy localities and is gregarious. During the day time it hides in the long grass and reeds, hunting after its prey during the night, but if disturbed during the day it flies well and is not incommoded by the light. It feeds on water-insects, mice, lizards, &c. Its nest, like that of the Short¬eared Owl, is placed on the ground in a damp marshy locality, and in April or May it lays 4, seldom 5, roundish white eggs.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
690. Asio capensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
690
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
485
Common name: 
African Eared Owl
M_ID: 
7022
M_CN: 
Marsh Owl
M_SN: 
Asio capensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9942

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