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Southern Boobook

(Ninox novaeseelandiae)
Alternate name(s): "Boobook Owl", "Cuckoo Owl", "Spotted Owl" "Mopoke*"
Aboriginal name(s): "boobook", "mulara"; Race "ocellata": "koorkoda", "kookobort", "kookomit", "yartj" (WA)

Size: 25-35 cm
Weight: 170-360 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Southern Boobook at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "boobook"

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ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal portrait of a male(?) Southern Boobook
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Frontal view of a male(?) Southern Boobook
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Frontal view of a male(?) Southern Boobook perched in a eucalypt, where it attracted a lot of unwanted attention
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Frontal view of a male(?) Southern Boobook, here seen looking sideways
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Frontal view of a male(?) Southern Boobook studying the intruder
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

Lateral view of a male(?) Southern Boobook checking out the photographer
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Lateral view of a male(?) Southern Boobook perched in a eucalypt
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

Lateral view of a male(?) Southern Boobook
[Mt. Kaputar NP, NSW, November 2011]

Lateral view of a male(?) Southern Boobook, with its head turned backwards
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

Dorsal view of a male Southern Boobook - note the pale colours
[Brigalow Park NR, NSW, September 2012]

FEMALE

Close-up portrait of a female Southern Boobook - note the rich colours (photo courtesy of C. Charles)
[Bluegum Reserve, Chatswood, NSW, December 2008]

Lateral view of a female(?) Southern Boobook
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

Lateral view of a female(?) Southern Boobook looking for prey
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

Dorsal view of a female(?) Southern Boobook; note its rufous-brown "socks"
[Eulah Creek, NSW, July 2011]

Here the first pair of Southern Boobooks spotted by us; the bird on the left issued purring, high-pitched and long-stretched calls, one of which was answered by the one on the right with a low, rumbling monotonous double hoot
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Close-up near-frontal view of a Southern Boobook; this bird may still be young, especially because its landings were clumsy
[Eulah Creek, NSW, March 2016]

Race "halmaturina"(?)

ADULT

Frontal view of a Southern Boobook (photo courtesy of J. Thurmer)
[Adelaide, SA, May 2006]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Sedentary Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

The pair shown above returned the next night, when they were seen hunting moths in our eucalypt trees. Their visits and previously unseen activity coincided with the first full moon of spring.

Like other (diurnal and nocturnal) raptors, Southern Boobooks have inner eyelids that they can close to protect their eyes while still having (reduced) vision
[Eulah Creek, NSW, February 2014]

Food, Diet

Like other owls, Southern Boobooks are carnivores. They prey on large insects and small mammals and birds.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

sthboob_art_20131214.mp3 boobook
(SE QLD)
Territorial calls © ART
sthboob_20151016.mp3 boobook
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls © MD
sthboob_20141106.mp3 boobook
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls © MD
sthboob_20151016_2.mp3 boobook
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls (8:30 min sequence) © MD

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