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Papuan Boobook ~ Ninox theomacha


The Papuan Boobook is a small to medium-sized owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Jungle Boobook or the Jungle Hawk Owl.

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  • Papuan Boobook

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Typical call - Elevala River, Western Province, Papua New Guinea. June 2007. CC Nick Athanas.


Distribution: New Guinea and some nearby western and eastern islands such as Waigeo, Misool, D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago and Louisiade Archipelago.

Range of Papuan Boobook (Ninox theomacha)
Range of the Papuan Boobook Ninox theomacha

Status: Widely distributed and Locally common. Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Bonaparte, Charles Lucien Jules Laurent. 1855. Comptes Rendus Hebdomadaire des Seances de l'Academie des Sciences [Paris] (Compt. Rend.) 41: p. 654.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Ninox theomacha at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from Asia, Oceania, Genus: Ninox.

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