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New Ireland Boobook ~ Ninox variegata


The New Ireland Boobook is a small to medium-sized owls with no ear-tufts. It is also known as the New Ireland Hawk Owl, Bismarck Boobook, or Bismarck Hawk Owl.

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  • New Ireland Boobook


Distribution: Endemic to New Hanover and New Ireland in the Bismarck Archipelago, east of New Guinea.

Range of New Ireland Boobook (Ninox variegata)
Range of the New Ireland Boobook Ninox variegata

Status: Widespread and common within its range. Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Quoy, Jean Rene Constant & Gaimard, Joseph Paul. 1830. Voyage de découvertes de l'Astrolabe exécuté par order du Roi, pendant les années 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de m.J. Dumont d'Urville. Zoologie. (Paris. 268 p). 1, p. 166-167. Atlas Ois. pl. 1, fig. 2.

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 variegata at Xeno-canto.

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

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