Rufous Owl in South West WA

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Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: "Kurtis Lindsay" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 15:37:05 +1000
Hi Amy,

Upon hearing you description of the bird, the only answer (other than a very out of place Rufous Owl) I could come up with was Brown Goshawk.

These birds are quite large, easily big enough to takle and eat a Magpie, females are considerably larger than males. Adults have conspicuous orange/rufous horizontal banding down their underside.

Unlike their name suggests, they are not brown, rather grey with rufous and white banding on their underside. They have bright yellow legs and yellow eyes, and when their necks are tucked in they can appear quite Owl-like in their appearance (especially front on).

They are also naturally found  in the south-west of WA.
Attatched  are links to photos of a Brown Goshawk

I hope this has helped with your inquiry.

Kurtis Lindsay

(p.s) Birding is a great past time which involves many different activities, one is problem solving! I hope you enjoy birding and get as much out of it as I have.

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