Tyto Owl hybrids?

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Subject: Tyto Owl hybrids?
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 16:14:00 +1000

Has any one heard of Tyto owls hybridising? Last night I saw the strangest
"Barn Owl" I have ever seen. Face shape and call were typical but that is
where that ended. The upper breast was lightly streaked with black, the legs
were short, the talons massive (for a Barn Owl), the body shape robust and
the back and wings mostly grey but with some light chestnut and numerous
white dots. The shoulders were hunched most of the time and broad. I do not
believe it to be a Lesser Sooty because it lacked the dark eye marks and the
eyes looked too small. The appearance of the breast markings was of a
vertical rather than horizontal orientation. There have been Lesser Sooty,
Masked and Barn Owls in this site and Grass Owls 1.5 kilometres away.

Alan Gillanders

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