Re: birding-aus Sooty Owls in PNG

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Sooty Owls in PNG
From: David James <>
Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 12:00:44 +1000

Dion Hobcroft saw Sooty Owls at Broken River, Eungella Ra. in Nov. 1993.
The details are published in aust. bird watcher 17 (2): 103-4. There is an
earlier record of unidentified sooties from 1986. they seem to be pretty
scarce there. 

The calls are slightly higher in lesser, which I think relates to body
size. distance and vegetation thickness impair the ability to detect subtle
differences. I would not trust my ears to separate the two species reliably. 

>On the issue of Sooty Owl populations, I have heard from somewhere that
>there was an unconfirmed report in the past of one of the Sootys at
>Eungella. I think that the bird was heard only. Would that have been a Sooty
>or Lesser Sooty?. Has there been any confirmed sightings here?
>From my experience (have heard and seen both calling), Lesser Sooty Owls are
>higher pitched in call but of course an actual sighting would be needed!

David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre 4810

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