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MASKED OWL (Tyto novaehollandiae)
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Masked owl

Masked owl research

These powerful birds of the night were deliberately introduced to Lord Howe Island to eat rats that had accidentally arrived in 1918. The owls do eat rats, but are considered a pest because they also prey upon many native bird species such as Black-winged petrels, White terns and Woodhens. Research is under way into their population size and behaviour, and they may be eradicated.

Length:males 35 to 40 cm; females 40 to 50 cm.

 
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