The Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), one of Australia's iconic birds, is currently listed as vulnerable in NSW with only 20-30 mating pairs in the Sydney region.
In response Birds Australia has put out a call to the general public to report sightings of the Powerful Owl. They are also giving people the opportunity to volunteer as trainer-observers and gather more detailed data.
A large cause of the birds’ vulnerable status is land clearing of their natural habitat. In recent times the owls have been known to live in fragmented habitats such as farms and suburban areas - a significant change from open forest and woodland areas where the birds' main nesting location is inside tree hollows, a perfect space for females to incubate eggs and brood their young.
With all this in mind, we think it helpful to give a few hints on how to idenitify a Powerful Owl and most importantly, how to distinguish it from other owls and similar species.
Mating and reproduction:
So now that you’re armed with a little more information about the distinctive features of Powerful Owls, hopefully we can contribute to a great monitoring program and save one of Australians magnificent birds.
To report a sighting or volunteer as an observer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Powerful Owl go to the Museum's factsheet.