Family: Strigidae (Hawk Owls (Typical Owls), 4 species in Australia)
Size: M 67cm, F 58 cm
Distribution: Within about 300 km of the coasts of NSW, VIC and southern QLD
Status: Moderately Common
Habitat: Tall open forests, woodland. Often roost in large trees of gullies
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Powerful Owl is Australia's largest owl. Their sound is a slow, haunting, "wooooow wooooow", usually two "woooow's" but occasionally one.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2000 x 3008)
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1423 x 1864)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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