light morph Masked Owl ID

Subject: light morph Masked Owl ID
From: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Date: Fri, 04 May 2012 11:28:26 +1000
It is a very typical Eastern Barn Owl. Facial mask, wing pattern and feet are typical Barn Owl. We have done a lot of work in N Qld in separating the tropical race kimberli of Masked Owl from Eastern Barn Owl. One of the best field marks for separating them is the edging to the mask. In Barn Owl, the dark/black continues up the disc to about a third of the way from the base. This does not seem to vary. In Masked Owl, it continues much further up and often right around the disk. This seems to be slightly more variable in the southern races but even in them it always seems to continue further up the disc than in Barn Owl.

Lloyd Nielsen
Mt Molloy, Nth Qld


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