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Boobook Owl

Boobook Owl

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Scientific Name:

Ninox novaeseelandiae boobook


Australia, Indonesia, Lesser Sunda Islands, Timor and New Guinea.


Small mammals, Will also take invertebrates including beetles and moths.


Habitat: Eucalypt forest and wooded areas.


Incubation: 2 to 5, incubated for 35 days

Social structure: Solitary or may be seen with its pair in breeding season

Weight:  up to 360g

Dimensions: Height up to 36cm.  Wingspan up to 82 cm. Tail length up to 16cm. Females often larger than males.

Estimated population in the wild: Common

Lifespan:  15-23 yrs

Threats: Habitat destruction though this is not a substantial threat.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. When threatened, they sit bolt upright, with feathers pressed tight against the body, and turn side-on to the source of the threat, appearing long and slender in order to hide.
  2. They are absent from  dense rainforest.
  3. With fewer trees available, they have nowhere to lay their eggs and raise their young.


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