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Red-chested Owlet ~ Glaucidium tephronotum


The Red-chested Owlet is a very small owl with a rounded head and no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Red-chested Pygmy Owl.

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Distribution: Western Africa From Sierra Leone to Ghana. Central Africa from Cameroon south to Gabon and east to Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are also isolated populations in western Kenya.

Range of Red-chested Owlet (Glaucidium tephronotum)
Range of the Red-chested Owlet Glaucidium tephronotum

Status: Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Sharpe, Richard Bowdler. 1875. Ibis, 3rd Series, vol. 5: p. 260.

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.
Glaucidium tephronotum at Xeno-canto.

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

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