light morph Masked Owl ID

Subject: light morph Masked Owl ID
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Fri, 4 May 2012 08:59:41 +1000
A lucky birdline contributor apparently had this owl
appear in his Broadmeadows (Newcastle area) backyard:

I have little experience with Masked Owl and the ID has
me a little confused - and I'm hoping someone might explain the
finer ID points here.

The dark upper parts appear to rule out Barn Owl?
What about Grass Owl?

But 2 other field marks, the facial disk shape and the leg feathering,
appear to me to indicate Barn Owl.

The general appearance is bulky but given only a photograph its hard to
to be sure how much is just the bird's posture.


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