Rufous Owl in South West WA

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Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
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Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 17:27:22 +0800 (WST)
Hi Kurtis,

Well, now I am anxious to see the photos. But my memory tells me that the
bands on the underpart of this bird were barred rufous and dark brown, not
rufous and white. I also remember darker patches around the eyes. I will
send you a photo when I manage to obtain one so you can compare them for


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.
> Regards,
> 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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