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Rufous Fishing Owl ~ Bubo ussheri (Scotopelia 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.

Status: Rare and endangered.

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

König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-10-28.