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New Britain Boobook ~ Ninox odiosa


The New Britain Boobook is a small owl with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the Russet Hawk Owl, New Britain Hawk Owl or the Russet Boobook.

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  • New Britain Boobook


Distribution: Endemic to New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago off eastern New Guinea.

Range of New Britain Boobook (Ninox odiosa)
Range of the New Britain Boobook Ninox odiosa

Status: Not rare within its range. Listed as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Sclater, Philip Lutley. 1877. Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London for the Year (?) (PZS): Pt. 1, p. 108.

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 odiosa at Xeno-canto.

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

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