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.
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.