Today I want to write about a cute little species of owl called the southern boobook.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These cute little owls grow about 35 cm tall, making them the smallest owl in Australia. There are 11 different sub-species and they come in a range of colours.
- They get their name from their call, which sounds like “boo-book” or “mo-poke.”
- Southern boobooks use their silent wings to swoop down and catch insects, small mammals and small birds. They eat their prey whole and vomit up small pellets full of the bones, feathers and hair that they can’t digest.
- At breeding time, they lay 2-3 eggs in the hollow of a tree. Both parents help to look after the chicks.
- Southern boobooks are found in a range of forests throughout Australia, Timor, New Guinea and the Lesser Sunda Islands. They are the most common species of owl in Australia.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about southern boobooks?