New Britain Boobook

New Britain Boobook
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Ninox
Species: N. odiosa
Binomial name
Ninox odiosa
(Sclater, 1877)

The New Britain Boobook (Ninox odiosa), also known as the Spangled Boobook, New Britain Hawk-Owl or Russet Hawk-Owl, is a small owl with finely spotted plumage, golden eyes and white eyebrows. Its facial disk is brown while the upper breast is marked with a wide brown band with buff or white barrings. The underparts are densely spotted brown.


Distribution and habitat

This species is found in the lowlands and hills of New Britain and New Ireland Endemic Bird Areas at elevations up to 1200 meters above sea level. It is fairly common in its small range and is nocturnal. It roosts during the day alone or in pairs in the middle to upper parts of the forest cannopy. It feeds mainly on insects and small mammals.


Formerly classified as a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN,[1] it was suspected to be rarer than generally assumed. Following the evaluation of its population size, this was found to be correct, and it is consequently uplisted to Vulnerable status in 2008.[2]



  1. ^ BLI (2004)
  2. ^ BLI (2008)


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