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Ninox rufa
Photo by tcollins
Photo taken: Darwin, Australia


The forehead, crown, nape, back and upper wings are a dark rufous, finely barred light brown. The upper tail has broader bars. The facial disc is indistinct and blackish brown. The throat, breast, and belly are rufous, barred cream, the bars becoming broader and fewer from the throat backwards. The tail and under the wings, is light brown, broadly barred cream. They have a long tail and feathered legs, with pale yellow or creamy toes and black talons. The iris is yellow and the bill is pale horn, with short black bristles at the base.

The male is always larger than the female and tends to have a broader, flatter head.


Australia, New Guinea and the Aru Islands.



Rainforests, monsoon forest, wet forested gullies, and adjoining woodland.


The diet includes beetles, large birds and flying foxes.

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