The marsh owl (Asio capensis) is a species of owl which is a mainly resident breeder in Africa and Madagascar.

This species is a part of the larger grouping of owls known as typical owls, Strigidae, which contains most species of owl. The other grouping is the barn owls, Tytonidae.

Marsh owls nest on the ground on open marshy areas, laying 2-4 eggs amongst tussocks.

It hunts over open country, often by day. Its food is mainly insects, but it will take small mammals, such as rodents, and birds.

The marsh owl is 35–37 centimetres (14–15 in) in length with an 82–99 centimetres (32–39 in) wingspan. It is similar to the slightly larger short-eared owl. It has yellow eyes with a black iris, and short ear-tufts which are not usually visible. It is distinguished from its relative by its dark brown plumage, and almost unstreaked upperparts. It is long winged, and glides slowly on stiff wings when hunting. It will often perch on the ground or low posts.

The call is a frog-like kaar or rasping whistle "shrss".
Marsh Owl
Date Location Count
2020-10-17 11:24Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle1
2020-10-17 05:54Amboseli NP--Tortilis Camp8
2020-09-27 07:07Boons Road2
2020-09-27 10:12Diepsloot Nature Reserve1
2020-10-19 05:10Naturena1
2020-10-18 08:25Tsakane dams1
2020-10-18 16:00Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)1
2020-10-17 06:15Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy4