Capricorn Coast Birds
Barking Owl
Ninox connivens
Average size 40 cm

These are found throughout mainland Australia, inland they occupy areas near lakes and waterways or other wooded environments. They live in eucalyptus woodlands and forests with a high density of large trees and particularly sites with hollows that are used by the owls as well as their prey.
The photo was taken at Hedlow Creek but they also live in our residential areas and at night you will hear their remarkably dog like woof-woof calls. They also have a range of other vocalisations such as growls, howls or screams.
Barking Owls feed on a variety of small to medium-sized mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Their diet is largely insects during the non-breeding season, with larger prey more commonly taken when breeding. 
The nest site is an open hollow in a tree trunk, loosely lined with sticks and other wood debris, the female incubates the eggs while the male supplies the food. 
Habitat loss and degradation is a major threat to the survival of the Barking Owl. Loss of hollow-bearing trees impacts on the species by removing nesting and roost sites as well as habitat for hollow-dependent prey such as gliders, possums and parrots.

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