Boobook Owl - Brisbane

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Subject: Boobook Owl - Brisbane
From: Andrew Thelander <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2014 18:23:00 +1000
Hi folks

Today at Salisbury railway station in Brisbane, I heard Pied butcherbirds 
mobbing something. It turned out to be a Boobook. They had injured one eye and 
broken one wing. I rescued the bird and, at the RSPCA's suggestion, took it to 
a particular vet for attention. The vet did not seem optimistic about the state 
of the broken wing and I fear the bird will be euthanased. It would certainly 
have been killed by the 5 butcherbirds that were attacking it very savagely.

Nature - red in tooth and claw! But I wonder if these type of attacks are now 
more common as the owls have less suitable roosting sites available to them and 
end up roosting in open country and gums where they are easily discovered by 
butcherbirds, currawongs etc?


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