New Zealand Morepork Ninox novaehollandiae ?

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Subject: New Zealand Morepork Ninox novaehollandiae ?
From: "Paul & Irene Osborn" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:01:38 +1100
As a child of seven I was taken into the playground at school, by the teacher, to see a Tawny Frogmouth, which she called a Mopoke. The confusion in names arose because people didn't actually see the bird calling, so attributed the call of the Boobook (the most commonly heard of the night birds) to the Frogmouth ( the most commonly seen). The call of the Frogmouth is very easily overlooked by lay people, the call just doesn't register to them, unless it is very close.
Paul Osborn


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