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.
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.