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Barking Owl
Ninox connivens

Superior Hunter

Barking owls are a type of hawk-owl and are easily identified by their large yellow eyes. With amazing eyesight and powerful talons, they can seize their prey from the ground, from trees and even mid-flight.

What’s on the menu?

Barking owls hunt at twilight, searching for small mammals, reptiles, insects and even other birds. Prey up to the size of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos can be caught. If they can’t follow their food whole, they will tear it up with their sharp, curved beak and eat it piece by piece.

Screaming-woman bird

These owls are named for their ‘woof woof’ call, which sounds like a small dog barking, but can also make a much louder, wailing cry, which has given rise to another name, the ‘screaming-woman bird’. Some belief the call of the owl to be the source of the Bunyip myth.

Attend our daily Free Flight Raptor Shows at 10:30am and 12:30pm for a chance to see our barking owls.

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