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Bird Ninox connivens (Barking Owl)

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Scientific Name: Ninox connivens.

Common Name: Barking Owl.

Order: Strigiformes.

Family: Strigidae.

Other Names: Winking Owl, Barking Boobrook.

Distribution: Eastern and Northern Australia, also SW.WA. Coastal and adjacent inland.

Habitat: Forest and woodland with large trees for roosting and nesting.

Field Notes: Medium sized owl. 390 to 440 mm.
Large eyes with yellow iris. Hardly any facial mask.
Brown with white spots on wings. Verticle brown and white stippling on chest and belly.
Nests in tree hollows.

Threatened in Victoria.
Voice, extreemly varied, "can range from a barking dog noise to a shrill woman-like scream of great intensity."
The call from the barking owl is sometimes credited with being the source of the bunyip myth.

Sources: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barking_Owl
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Bunya Mts. Sept 2012.
 
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