A is for African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense)

A

The African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense) is a small owl found in most of central and southern Africa.  It is easily distinguished by the fact that it has no eartufts.  It is, a s the name “owlet” suggests, a small bird of approximately 20 cm length and weighing between 83 and 140 grams.  The females are larger than the males, but their plumage is similar.

The species is most frequently found in woodland and forests, and on forest edges. It may also occur in more open savannah and along rivers. It is partly diurnal, and feeds mostly on insects, although small rodents and birds may also be eaten.

They are not a threatened species and are frequently seen in the Kruger National Park by the more observant “stiff necks” (name for bird watchers).  The photograph below was taken in the Kruger National Park by Raymond Phillips and used with his permission.

A is for African barred owl.  Photograph by Raymond S. Phillips.  Used with permission.

A is for African barred owl. Photograph by Raymond S. Phillips. Used with permission.

This post is part of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge 2015 project which takes place each year in April.  I have selected the Kruger National Park as my theme for 2015.

Advertisements

About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
This entry was posted in A-Z Challenge 2015, Ecology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A is for African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense)

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    I’m so glad you chose Kruger for your theme, and can’t wait to see what you’ll show us every day 😀

  2. sharu4ever says:

    You have picked an interesting theme. I’m waiting to see what you gonna show us everyday ! 🙂

    Good luck with the challenge.

  3. Looking forward to this! At the risk of sounding stupid, what does “diurnal” mean? Lisa, co-host AtoZ2015, @ lisabuiecollard.com

    • moirads says:

      di·ur·nal
      dīˈərnl/
      adjective
      adjective: diurnal

      1.
      of or during the day.
      synonyms: daily, everyday, quotidian, occurring every/each day
      “the patient’s moods are determined by diurnal events”
      Zoology
      (of animals) active in the daytime.
      Botany
      (of flowers) open only during the day.
      2.
      daily; of each day.
      “diurnal rhythms”
      synonyms: daily, everyday, quotidian, occurring every/each day
      “the patient’s moods are determined by diurnal events”
      Astronomy
      of or resulting from the daily rotation of the earth.

      Origin
      late Middle English (as a term in astronomy): from late Latin diurnalis, from Latin diurnus ‘daily,’ from dies ‘day.’
      Translate diurnal to
      Use over time for: diurnal

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s