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Cape Eagle-owl

Afrikaans name: Kaapse ooruil

Cape Eagle-owl

Cape Eagle Owl

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Bubo capensis

The Cape Eagle-owl is a large bird of prey. It can measure up to 60 cm in length. Females are larger than males and can weigh up to 1.8 kg.

It is fairly similar in looks to the Spotted Eagle-owl but this species has orange eyes while the Spotted Eagle-owl has yellow eyes. It is also larger and has a more 'blotched' appearance.

Despite being called the Cape Eagle-owl it is fairly widespread in its distribution. It is found all the way from the Cape through to Ethiopia and Kenya.

It is capable of killing and large prey including Duiker and Klipspringer. It also takes smaller prey such as rodents, birds, lizards and insects.

The Cape Eagle-owl normally breeds on cliff ledges. They lay up to 3 eggs.

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References and further reading

A Delight of Owls - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 107

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 162

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1959 - Page: 121

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 121

African Birds of Prey - Author: Leslie Brown - Year Published: 1970 - Page: 161

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 98

Birds of Prey of Southern Africa - Author: Peter Steyn - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 266

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 48

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 132

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 42

Ian Sinclair's Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 164

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 1984 - Page: 220

Newman's Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 220

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Year Published: 1949 - Page: 149

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 252

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Year Published: 1981 - Page: 262

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 349

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 346

Sasol Birds of Prey of Africa and its Islands - Author: Alan and Meg Kemp - Year Published: 1998 - Page: 250

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 234

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 244

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 22

The Owls of Southern Africa - Author: Alan Kemp and Simon Calburn - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 138

The Rare Birds of Southern Africa - Author: P.A. Clancey - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 213

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 114

List of South African Birds

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