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Rufous Fishing Owl ~ Scotopelia ussheri (Bubo ussheri)


The Rufous Fishing Owl is a fairly large owl with no ear-tufts.

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Distribution: Endemic in western Africa from Sierra Leone and Guinea east to Ghana. Unconfirmed reports from Nigeria.

Range of Rufous Fishing Owl (Scotopelia ussheri)
Range of the Rufous Fishing Owl Scotopelia ussheri

Status: Rare. Listed as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Sharpe, Richard Bowdler. 1871. Ibis, 3rd Series, vol. 1: p. 101, pl.12.

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.
Scotopelia ussheri at Xeno-canto.

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

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