Southern Boobook

The subspecies Lord Howe Boobook and the Norfolk Island Boobook became both extinct during the 20th century. The name boobook is used by the Eora Australian Aboriginal tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney region.

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The Southern Boobook is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae) is a small brown owl mainly found in south-eastern and south-western Australia and throughout New Zealand. Further north it is less common but widespread, its range extending to most of northern, central and western Australia, Timor, southern New Guinea and nearby islands. It used to also inhabit Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island but is now locally extinct on the former, almost so on the latter. More

The Southern Boobook, often refered to a 'Mopoke' after its call, is Australia's smallest owl. Facts and figures Minimum size: 25 cm Maximum size: 33 cm Average size: 29 cm Breeding season: September to February; mainly October Clutch size: 2 to 3 (occasionally up to 5) Time in nest: 42 days Calls A distinctive 'boo-book' or 'mo-poke'. More

Southern Boobook in Warkworth, New Zealand Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Genus: Ninox Species: N. More

that Southern Boobook is the species Ninox boobook. The latter is a redirect to this article. They don't seem to give guidance to what the subspecies might also be called, Avibase (RS?) says the nominal subspecies has the same name and others are prefixed with a regional desciptor, eg. Lord Howe Island Morepork for Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria. More

The evocative call of the Southern Boobook or Mopoke is regularly heard in Canberra suburbs throughout the summer. They can be resident in the suburbs, where they live in pairs and hunt over a reasonably large territory, roosting during the day in thick bushy trees. Numbers recorded are greatest in spring to early summer with a marked reduction in winter. Most records are of birds heard at night, with usually only one individual recorded, even though a pair may well be present. More

The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. Like other owl species, the Southern Boobook is nocturnal. They are often observed perched on an open branch or tree-top, emitting a distinctive 'boo-book' or 'mo-poke'. Alternative Name/s Mopoke Identification The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. More

The Southern Boobook has almost 20 alternative common names, mostly regional; of them mopoke is well-recognised; others include, for example, morepork, boobook, Tasmanian spotted owl, and Lord Howe boobook. In Maori it is called Ruru. Many of the common native names are onomatopoeic, the owl having a two-tone call giving rise to the names such as Boo-book, More-pork, Mo-poke and Ru-ru. More


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The Southern Boobook Owl (Ninox novaeseelandiae) is also know as the Mopoke, Boobook owl, Spotted owl, Cuckoo owl, and Marbled owl. It is a nocturnal bird that is usually sedentary during the daytime. If approached it will sit upright with its feathers pressed firm against its body. What do Southern Boobook Owls Look Like? - The Southern Boobook is the smallest (28 - 36 cm) and most common owl in Australia. More

Also called the mopoke or morepork, the Southern Boobook is a small brown owl. Its name boobook comes from the Eora Australian Aboriginal tribe, who were the original inhabitants of the Sydney region. Southern Boobooks are usually seen alone, in pairs, or in small family groups. They are mainly nocturnal, but are sometimes active at dawn, dusk and, in New Zealand, even during the day Physical Description The Southern Boobook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. More

The Southern Boobook is the smallest of Australia's owls (300-350mm). It has overall brown plumage with white spots on the wing and an undersurface streaked with white. The feet are grey or yellow. Habitat Occurs singularly or in pairs within a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, gardens and parks. Diet The Boobook Owl is a nocturnal hunter. Its diet comprises small mammals, birds and invertebrates. More

Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae)The Southern Boobook is Australia's most widespread and numerous owl, found across the mainland and Tasmania. They are also called "Moreporks" in New Zealand. Sometimes known as the "Mopoke" because of its distinctive - and often persistent -two-note cuckoo-like call, the smallest member of the Ninox or "hawk" owl family is heard far more often than seen in residential areas. Boobooks are frequently confused with Tawny Frogmouths. More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Ninox
Species : novaeseelandiae
Authority : (Gmelin, 1788)