'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl

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Subject: 'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl
From: Matthew Roach <>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:40:54 +0000
I think that it was seen as a separate 'form' in the early 20th century. But 
it's genetic distinction is very doubtful. Yet, some non-scientific websites 
(e.g. Wikipedia) describe it as an accepted subspecies (which it isn't), which 
I've seen on  both the Masked Owl and the Nullabor Plain page; the latter says 
'An elusive subspecies of the Australian masked owl unique to the Nullarbor is 
known to roost in the many caves on the plain.' With no reference of course! 
It's interesting how this rumour still seems to persist at least in some places.


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Matthew Roach
Sent: Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:17 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] 'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl

Hi Everyone,

Out of pure interest, what was the origin of the very doubtful ‘South 
Australian Cave Dwelling’ Masked Owl form? Was it simply a rumour or are there 
actually some Masked Owls which are found in caves somewhere in the SA outback, 
which somehow made some people separate them as a subspecies in the past?



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