'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl

To: Greg and Val Clancy <>
Subject: 'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:37:31 +1000
Mine's a little more more recent, so I got that wrong.

Peter Shute

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On 15/08/2013, at 4:48 PM, "Greg and Val Clancy" <> wrote:

> My 1946 edition of 'What Bird is That? shows the 'Cave Owl' as a sub-species 
> of the Masked Owl with the trinomial Tyto novae-hollandiae troughtoni.  "The 
> type, adult female, collected at Ooldea, East-West Line, South Australia by 
> Messrs Troughton and Wright on 16 October 1921".
> Regards
> Greg
> Dr Greg. P. Clancy
> Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
> | PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
> | 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Peter Shute
> Sent: Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:09 PM
> To: Matthew Roach
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] 'Cave Dwelling' Masked Owl
> I think it's listed as a separate species in "What Bird Is That?", with its 
> own picture, but I haven't got it here to check.
> Peter Shute
> Sent from my iPad
> On 15/08/2013, at 3:53 PM, "Matthew Roach" <> 
> wrote:
>> 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.
>> Matthew.

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