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Chaco/Rufous-legged Owl

Labelled as both species, we got more sense out of the bird than the staff.

Chaco/Rufous-legged Owl
Hevden, 22 Mar 2015
    • Hevden
      Labelled as both species, we got more sense out of the bird than the staff.
    • TeaLovingDave
      Judging by how the colouration is almost monochromatic barring the slight brown around the legs, I'm pretty sure this is Chaco :)
    • Macaw16
      Where is this? And just from google I would say Rufous-legged.
    • TeaLovingDave
      The problem is that a lot of photographs on Google of "Rufous-legged" are actually Chaco Owls, as the two species were only split recently :p

      I said the following on the matter recently:

    • Hevden
      It was taken at woodhurst raptor foundation. I had the same problem with google.
      The reason I wasn't convinced with it being a chaco is the dark sooty face which is unlike the chaco tld posted above and to me looked similar to the grey morph rufous-legged. However hybrids are going to be difficult to rule out.
    • TeaLovingDave
      Yeah, that's the one thing that gives me pause too - as noted above and in my private message to you, the thing that made me go one way rather than t'other was how monochromatic the body of this animal is - as the body of the grey-morph rufous-legged (as visible in that linked photo) is much more richly coloured :)

      Now I've slept on the matter I think it is more likely to be a hybrid to some degree than it is a true Chaco, but whichever one you end up treating it as will probably just come down to personal choice :p
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