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Image taken this morning in the riparian zone on the Island at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. ” The largest Owl in Australasia. It is a typical hawk-owl with staring yellow eyes and no facial disc and have a wingspan of up to 140cm. The Powerful Owl is endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia, mainly on the coastal side of the Great Dividing Range. It occurs in low densities and  a breeding pair will defend a large home range of 400-1450 hectare.”. They are monogamous and mate for life. Note  Squirrel Glider in right talon. Powerful Owl feed mainly on arboreal mammals and bats with birds making 10% of their diet. This bird is an important new sighting for the Conservation Area. Click on webpage below to listen for call of the Powerful Owl.

I.D. courtesy of David Charley.

Further reading: www.threatenedspecies.environment.nsw.gov.au/tsprofile/profile.aspx?id=10562

One Response to Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)

  • Denis Wilson says:

    Great find – the Powerful Owl looks good on any conservation list.
    So does the Squirrel Glider, but its a tough way for it to get reported.
    Regards
    Denis

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