Boobook Owl

Boobook Owl

Scientific name: Ninox boobook

The Australian Bookbook is the smallest and most common owl in Australia. The Boobook owl is also known as the 'mopoke' owl. Both names are due to it'd distinctive "boo-book" or "mo-poke" call. The Boobook was described by John Latham in 1801 and was generally considered to be the same species as the morepork of New Zealand until 1999. 

When threatened, they will sit bolt upright with their feathers pressed tightly against their body and turn side on to the source of threat, hereby appearing long and slender. 

Least Concern (Inc. Bar)
  1. At Noah's Ark...

    Our Boobook Owl is called Bobbins.

  2. We live...

    In the Wings Of Wonder enclosure.

  1. Size Fact

    Boobook Owls are approx. 35cm tall.

  2. Food Fact

    Generally feeds on small mammals, especially small mice and small birds. They will also take invertebrates including beetles and moths.

  3. Fun Fact

    When Boobook Owls chirp, they sound like crickets.

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