RFI Southern Boobook

Subject: RFI Southern Boobook
From: "Pat O'Malley" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 09:25:39 +1100
Could someone help me with an identification?

At Christmas Hills in outer-outer Melbourne suburbia (dry hilly semi-open
woodland  at the moment) I found a roadkilled Southern Boobook.

It was very dark and glossy chocolate brown, pretty uniform, with brilliant
white spots on the breast, each spot washed with a sky blue irridescence.
Really beautiful bird. But I couldn't open the eyes to check eye colour (To
be honest I was a bit squeamish about poking around too vigorously). Is
this likely to be  the race Leucopsis ? Pizzey and Knight suggest this
migrates from Tassie - but the bird much more closely resembled the various
field guide illustrations of the highly unlikely Larinda.

many thanks in advance


Pat O'Malley

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