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Congo Bay Owl ~ Phodilus prigoginei (Tyto prigoginei)


The Congo Bay Owl is a small owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the African Bay Owl or the Itombwe Owl. Some authors place this species in the genus Tyto with other Barn Owls.

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  • Congo Bay Owl


Distribution: Itombwe Mountains in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and also Nyungwe Forest in southwest Rwanda. May also occur in Burundi.

Range of Congo Bay Owl (Phodilus prigoginei)
Range of the Congo Bay Owl Phodilus prigoginei

Status: Apparently rare and endangered.

Original Description: Schouteden, Henri. 1952. Revue de zoologie et de botanique africaines, 46, p. 424-428.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
Butynski, Thomas M. et al.. 1997. "Rediscovery of the Congo Bay Owl Phodilus prigoginei". Bulletin of the African Bird Club 4(1), 32-35.
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.
Phodilus prigoginei at Xeno-canto.

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

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