The marsh owl has an extensive range throughout much of southern and Central Africa, extending from South Africa to Ethiopia and Madagascar, with scattered populations in West Africa including Cameroon, Chad, Morocco and Senegal (2). The marsh owl is non-migratory, but seasonal movements may occur in response to fluctuations in rainfall, and vagrants have been recorded as far north as Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands (2) (3) (5) (6). A. c. tingitanus is endemic to northwest Morocco, A. c. capensis occurs in scattered populations across West Africa from Senegal, to Chad and Cameroon, and from Sudan and Ethiopia south towards the Cape of South Africa, avoiding the most arid areas, while A. c. hova is endemic to the island of Madagascar (2). The marsh owl formerly occurred in Algeria, but is now believed to be locally extinct there (3). Found up to 1,500 metres above sea level, the marsh owl is reportedly most abundant between 1,300 and 2,000 metres in Kenya (7) (8).