Boobook Owl

Latin Name Ninox boobook boobook
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern
Habitat Deep tropical forests, temperate woodlands, urban
Distribution Throughout Australia, Timor and South New Guinea

General Information

The smallest and most common of the owls in Australia. Boobook’s hunt mainly at dusk or dawn for small mammals, birds, insects especially grasshoppers.

Breeding season is August to October laying 2 to 5 eggs. The young fledge at about 5 weeks but remain dependent on the parents for 2 to 3 months.

Fun Fact

It has a two syllable call “boo - book” hence its name.

Keeper Notes

Our two boobook owls are Gibson (male) and Tasman (female).

This is a small bird with a big personality, they can be aggressive during the breeding season even known to attack keepers on the back of the head.