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Chesnut Owlet ~ Glaucidium castaneum (Taenioglaux castanea)


The Chestnut Owlet is a small owl with no ear-tufts. This species is not currently recognised by the International Ornithological Congress, who consider it a sub-species of the African Barred Owlet Glaucidium capense.


Distribution: Northeast Democratic Republic of the Congo and southwest Uganda.

Range of Chesnut Owlet (Glaucidium castaneum)
Range of the Chesnut Owlet Glaucidium castaneum

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

Original Description: Reichenow, Anton. 1893. Ornithologische Monatsberichte Herausgegeben von Prof. Dr. Anton Reichenow, 1, p. 62.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
Birdlife International. 2020. "Birdlife International Data Zone".
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: Glaucidium.

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