Sooty Owls (aging?)

Subject: Sooty Owls (aging?)
From: "Peter Ewin" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2001 12:31:47 +1100
A quick question regarding Sooty Owls. Does anyone know if they darken as they age? Saw one on Saturday night in Royal NP (south of Sydney) which had a very dark back, but extremely pale face (seemed almost white in the spotlight). This is the best view I have had of Sooty Owl (the other was a brief flight glimpse), but it seemed much paler than the two Lesser Sooties I have seen up north. No doubts about ID, but has anyone else seen pale Sooties or have any ideas on aging.

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