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Southern boobook

The southern boobook, also known as the mopoke, is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia. With a musical 'boo-book' call that echoes through forests and woodlands, the southern boobook is a great one to look out for while bird watching.

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You're likely to hear the Australian southern boobook before you see it. This speckled brown owl is found in open eucalypt forests and woodlands across eastern NSW. Also known as the mopoke, the southern boobook is the smallest and most common native owl in Australia.

The nocturnal southern boobook roosts during the day in dense foliage, often observed perched on an open branch or tree-top. A raptor, or bird of prey, it generally feeds during the evening, early mornings or on cloudy days. A swift and deadly hunter among Australian birds, it perches on branches listening and watching the forest floor for the movement of small insects, spiders and mice.

Animal facts

Common name
Southern boobook
Scientific name
Ninox novaeseelandiae
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

Canyon Picnic Area, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo: Rob Cleary