French: Effraie ombrée German: Rußeule Spanish: Lechuza tenebrosa
Other common names:
Sooty Owl (when lumped with T. multipunctata)
River Clarence, New South Wales, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
T. t. arfaki
(Schlegel, 1879) – New Guinea, including Yapen I.
T. t. tenebricosa
(Gould, 1845) – E & SE Australia from Eungella National Park (EC Queensland) to Dandenong and Strzelecki Ranges (Victoria).
37–43 cm; male 500–700 g, female 750–1160 g; wingspan 103 cm. When perched, large head and very short tail give “top-heavy” appearance... read more
Characteristic contact call a piercing, descending shriek, lasting c. 2 seconds, likened to sound... read more
In Australia, favours deep, wet gully forest dominated by tall eucalypts, with understorey of... read more
Food and feeding
Unlike other Tyto species, arboreal mammals form bulk of diet, at least currently, with terrestrial mammals and, rarely,... read more
Jan–Sept, most laying earlier, peaking around Mar–Apr. Thought to be single-brooded in wild; may not nest each year. Appears to... read more
Essentially sedentary. In Australia, movements of breeding pairs relate to habitat disturbance and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. In Australia, not so much rare as seldom recorded. Recent results of surveys indicate a widely distributed owl probably at... read more
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