Little Red Boobook

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Subject: Little Red Boobook
From: Trevor Ford <>
Date: Fri, 06 May 2011 21:18:31 +1000

I think it was Murray Lord who asked for info on lurida calls (hi Murray!)

Some 20 years ago I was hauled up an extremely tall and intimidating tree by John Young, somewhere near Ingham, in order to try for Lesser Sooty Owl. Heard but failed to see it but did see a "Little Red Boobook". And I survived being winched back down to the land of ground-dwellers. Notes that I made at the time from my observations and John's comments included:

- Significantly smaller.
- More gutteral call.
- Dark underparts / no streaks / barred flanks.
- Dark mantle and wings - just a few pale spots.

I also noted that it co-exists with the dark form of Southern Boobook on Mount Lewis.

Lloyd Nielsen would certainly be able to elaborate further - and I saw him spring up the same tree in John Young fashion some weeks later.

Cheers - Trevor Ford.

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