Motifs K0053 deceptive contest in fasting
Harris got the story from Helen Barclay who in turn learned it from "a native African woman, of good intelligence, who claimed to be a princess. She had an eagle tattooed on her bosom - a sign of royalty."
see Congo tale with Owl as foolish bird and Kingfisher as bird who manages to eat; see the Luba tale "during the day fly-bird catches insects, but owl cannot see; a night owl cannot leave the vine to catch mice."
There is a similar Seminole tale; see Dundes.