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  • Southern Boobook

  • Ninox Novaeseelandiae
  • The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. It is identified by its plumage, which is dark chocolate-brown above and rufous-brown below, heavily streaked and spotted with white. The bill is grey with a darker tip, and the feet are grey or yellow. The facial disc is chocolate brown and the eyes are large and yellowish. Young Southern Boobooks are almost entirely buff-white below, with conspicuous dark brown facial discs. Like other owl species, the Southern Boobook is nocturnal. Birds are often observed perched on an open branch or tree-top. It is also known as the ‘Mopoke’.

  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=21
  • Song link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=21&p=224
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  • Southern Boobook

  • The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. It is identified by its plumage, which is dark chocolate-brown above and rufous-brown below, heavily streaked and spotted with white. The bill is grey with a darker tip, and the feet are grey or yellow. The facial disc is chocolate brown and the eyes are large and yellowish. Young Southern Boobooks are almost entirely buff-white below, with conspicuous dark brown facial discs. Like other owl species, the Southern Boobook is nocturnal. Birds are often observed perched on an open branch or tree-top. It is also known as the ‘Mopoke’.

  • Formerly or also known as
  • Scientific name
  • Ninox Novaeseelandiae
  • Former scientific name
    RAOU number
  • 242
  • Size
  • 30-35cm
  • Period in district
  • Song group
  • The hooters
  • Song link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/sounds.php?c=21&p=224
  • Photos link
  • http://www.graemechapman.com.au/library/viewphotos.php?c=21
  • Description link
  • http://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/southern-boobook