Boobook Owl - Brisbane

To: Andrew Thelander <>
Subject: Boobook Owl - Brisbane
From: Jude Lattaway <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 08:11:35 +1000
I wonder if it might have been an old / sick bird Andrew ?

On 7/3/14, Andrew Thelander <> wrote:
> 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?
> Andrew
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