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Photo by Steve Williams
Old Noarlunga, South Australia, June 2005
Ninox connivens



  • Brown plumage
  • White spots on wings
  • Streaked chest
  • Underparts brownish-grey spotted white
  • Lighter tail and flight feathers
  • Large yellow eyes
  • Dark brown beak .


Australia and parts of Papua New Guinea.



Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

Photo by tcollins
Darwin, Northern Territory, October 2012
  • N. c. rufostrigata:
  • Northern Moluccas (Halmahera, Morotai, Bacan and Obi)
  • N. c. remigialis: Kai Besar
  • N. c. assimilis:
  • Eastern New Guinea, Manam Island and Karkar Island
  • N. c. peninsularis (occidentalis):
  • Coastal northern Australia and islands in Torres Strait
  • N. c. connivens:


Lightly timbered open and savannah woodlands, well-forested hill and riverine woodlands.



The diet includes many types of birds, small possums, bats and rodents, beetles and crickets.


The nest is a large hollow high in a tree. The female incubates the 2-3 white, dull, almost spherical eggs for 36 days.


It sounds like a dog barking or growling, wuf wuf or wuk wuk, or can make a high pitched sound like a female screaming in pain.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. The Owl Pages
  4. Wikipedia

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