light morph Masked Owl ID

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Subject: light morph Masked Owl ID
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 17:02:12 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Andrew,

This bird is certainly not a Grass Owl. However, I agree with you, why isn't this bird an Eastern Barn Owl (rather than a Masked Owl)?


Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

From: Andrew Taylor <>
Sent: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:59 AM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] light morph Masked Owl ID

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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