Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)


New Britain Boobook (Ninox odiosa)


French: Ninoxe odieuse German: Neubritannienkauz Spanish: Nínox de Nueva Bretaña
Other common names: New Britain Hawk-owl, Russet Hawk-owl, Russet Boobook

Ninox odiosa

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

New Britain


Seems to be most closely related to N. jacquinoti. Monotypic.


New Britain, in Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; female 209 g (n = 1), male 240 g (n = 1). Small (wing length 170–187 mm), finely spotted Ninox with conspicuous white... read more


Rapid series of monosyllabic “whoo” notes, typically starting low, then... read more


Forested lowlands and hills from sea-level to at least 1100 m; also in cultivated areas,... read more

Food and feeding

Very little information. Stomach of one specimen had “long-legged insects”. Also may prey on small vertebrates, including bats. read more




Unknown; probably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered not globally threatened but listed as Vulnerable in 2008 owing to clearance of lowland forest. CITES II. Population recently estimated to... read more

Recommended citation

Olsen, P.D., de Juana, E. & Marks, J.S. (2019). New Britain Boobook (Ninox odiosa). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 December 2019).