Barn or masked owl in Sydney

Subject: Barn or masked owl in Sydney
From: Arron Davies <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 03:54:17 -0700 (PDT)
Hi fellow posters.
A friend of mine has a regular nighttime visitor to
his back yard in Epping - a middle distance suburb in
Sydney. Its an owl, but although it comes every night
it doesnt usually stay long enough for a positive
identification. Its either a barn owl or a masked owl.
We would like to know, on the balance of probability,
which is it more likely to be.

Also, is there a really reliable field mark that can
be used to distinguish these two - they look pretty
much the same in the books.

thanks heaps
Arron Davies

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