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The Owls of Australia

Name
Latin Name
Race
Size
Habitat
Abundance
Movement
Hawk Owls
Barking owl
Ninox connivens
· Connivens
· Peninsularis
40 cm
forests, woodlands
moderately common
sedentary
Brown hawk-owl
Ninox scutulata
Japonica
29 cm
forests, woodlands
vagrant
 
Powerful owl
Ninox strenua
[none]
male - 67 cm
female - 58 cm 
tall, open forests and woodland
moderately common
sedentary
Rufous owl
Ninox rufa
· Rufa
· Meesi
· Queenslandica
male - 55 cm
female - 46 cm 
closed forests and dense vegetation areas
uncommon
sedentary
Southern boobook
Ninox novaeseelandiae
· Boobook
· Ocellata
· Leucopsis
· Halmaturina
· Lurida
30 cm
woodlands, forests, scrubs
common
sedentary
Barn Owls
Barn owl
Tyto alba
Delicatula
male - 34 cm
female - 35 cm
grasslands, farmlands, woodlands
common
nomadic
Grass owl
Tyto capensis
Longimembris
male - 34 cm
female - 37 cm
swampy heaths, grasslands
uncommon
nomadic
Lesser sooty owl
Tyto multipunctata
[none]
male - 33 cm
female - 37 cm
closed and tall, open forests; gullies
uncommon
sedentary
Masked owl
Tyto novaehollandiae
· Novaehollandiae
· Kimberli
· Galei
· Castanops
· Melvillensis
male - 37 cm
female - 47 cm
forests, woodlands, caves
uncommon-rare
nomadic
Sooty owl
Tyto tenebricosa
Tenebricosa
male - 40 cm
female - 48 cm
closed and tall, open forests, gullies
moderately common
sedentary

Sources

Simpson, K., ed. The Claremont Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Penguin Books Australia Ltd., 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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