Family: Strigidae (Hawk Owls (Typical Owls), 4 species in Australia)
Distribution: VIC, NSW, Most of QLD except the southwest parts, northern NT, parts of WA
Habitat: Woodlands, forests.
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest
The Barking Owl has an unusual call that sounds like a barking dog.
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1267 x 1747)
Some Birdwatching Resources
Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.
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