To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Owls
From: regeraghty--- via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:34:19 +0000

Thanks everyone for the replies. Just to put it beyond doubt that it’s a Boobook, here’s a recording.


Mark – I have in previous summers heard interaction between a pair of owls which sounded a lot like your description of the Barking Owl. Nevertheless I think this is a Boobook – I don’t know whether they have a nesting site, but at least one bird seems to return every spring/summer.




From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Mark Clayton via Canberrabirds
Sent: Tuesday, 19 October, 2021 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] Owls



Generally an Australian Boobook says just that -  "Boobook" whereas the Powerful Owl has a very deep and low "Woo Hoo". The other Ninox owl species that rarely turns up locally is the Barking Owl. Its call is, if in a pair, a rather rapid "Wook Wook" followed by the other bird of the pair giving a lower toned but still rapid "Wook Wook". Of course all these owls have a variety of calls so they can't always be identified to a specific species. Most of the Tyto Barn Owl have a series of raspy screeches, whistles and clicks. As you say your call is most likely an Australian Boobook.



On 19/10/2021 10:59 am, Rob Geraghty via Canberrabirds wrote:

I heard an owl last night in Mawson. I've listened to recordings of Boobook and Powerful Owls, bit I'm still not sure what the difference is. It was probably a Boobook, but I know there's Powerful Owls in Canberra. Can anyone suggest how to tell the two calls apart, please?

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