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African owlet
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African Barred Owlet in Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Subfamily: Surniinae
Genus: Smithiglaux
(Bonaparte, 1854)
Species

Smithiglaux is a genus of owls in Strigidae. They are endemic to Africa.

Description

Both are small owls without ear-tufts or occipital faces.[3]

Taxonomy

Like other owlets, they were once included in the genus Glaucidium.[4] Smithiglaux and one Glaucidium (Sjostedt's Barred Owlet) are sometimes included in this genus.[3] Taxonomic relationships of the Albertine Owlet are unknown.[3]

Species

  • African Barred Owlet, Smithiglaux capensis
    • Ngami Owlet, Smithiglaux (capense) ngamiense
    • Scheffler's Owlet, Smithiglaux (capense) scheffleri
    • Chestnut Owlet, Glaucidium castanea (sometimes considered a separate species)[3]
  • Albertine Owlet, Smithiglaux albertina

References

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Glaucidium capense". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Glaucidium castanotum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Mikkola, Heimo (2012). Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide. Firefly Books Ltd. ISBN 9781770851368. 
  4. ^ König, C., and F. Weick (2008), “Owls of the World”, Christopher Helm, London.




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