Rufous Owl in South West WA

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Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 17:21:28 +1000
While both Owls and Frogmouths will sit on a perch while you stand beneath them, but I've never seen a Frogmouth holding a magpie.

Regards, Laurie.

On Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at 03:51  PM, Paul Dodd wrote:

I have to agree with David here. I think it's a big call to suggest that someone has confused an Owl with a Goshawk. From Amy's description of the observation in her email she had a good look. Also she says that quite a number of people also saw the bird and you'd have thought that at least one person in even a relatively small group could pick an Owl from a raptor. The fact that Frogmouths are mistaken for Owls is a bit different - there is at least a similarity in appearance and behaviour (both being predominantly
nocturnal, for instance).


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September 2007 1:53 PM
To: David Stowe
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Subject: [Birding-Aus] Rufous Owl in South West WA

Yes but look at the distribution maps of the Rufous Owl. A long way of
totally inappropriate habitat from there to South West Australia. Very
different situation from a Barking Owl in suburban Sydney, during a drought year. Let's wait till the evidence comes through, but my vote is with Brown Goshawk for the reasons I gave before (and not that it would be odd for any Ninox Owl to be eating a bird). I wouldn't be surprised at someone mistaking
a Goshawk for an owl. Lots of people think Frogmouths are owls.



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