Tyto tenebricosa multipunctata
Johnstone River, north Queensland, Australia.
Closely related to T. tenebricosa, and commonly treated as conspecific, in part due to their genetic proximity#R#R. On basis of published information#R, however, present species differs in much smaller size (effect size for female wing −10.4; score 4); longest primary P7, not P8 (1); slightly greyer plumage (ns); more heavily spotted upperparts (ns); white breast with dark markings vs dark with white (2); vermiculations of wings and tail much heavier and arranged in distinct cross-bands (1); more extensively white bases of flight-feathers and secondary coverts, forming larger pale centre of underwing (1); sexual size dimorphism weaker (ns); different calls (although probably a function of smaller size) (1). Thus, here recognized as a separate species, although occurring between the ranges of the two races of T. tenebricosa; these two species have occasionally been separated in genus Megastrix. As recently as 1940, present species was considered not to differ even subspecifically from T. t. tenebricosa. Monotypic.
NE Queensland (from Cedar Bay S to Paluma and inland to Windsor, Atherton and Evelyn Tablelands), in NE Australia.
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Status and conservation
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