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Shelley's Eagle Owl ~ Bubo shelleyi


The Shelley's Eagle Owl is a large owl with large ear-tufts.


Distribution: From Sierra Leone to Ghana in eastern Africa, and from Gabon through the Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa.

Range of Shelley's Eagle Owl (Bubo shelleyi)
Range of the Shelley's Eagle Owl Bubo shelleyi

Status: Listed as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Sharpe, Richard Bowdler, & Ussher, Herbert Taylor. 1872. Ibis, 3rd Series, vol. 2: p. 182.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Bubo shelleyi at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Africa, Genus: Bubo.

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