Masked Owl - Tyto novaehollandiae

Masked Owl

Tyto novaehollandiae

Family: Tytonidae (Barn Owls (Masked Owls), 5 species in Australia)
Size: F 47cm, M 37 cm
Distribution: Most of the coastal regions of Australia up to a few hundred kilometres inland
Status: Uncommon to Rare
Habitat: Forests, woodlands, caves
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The masked owl is a lovely bird that is rarely seen.

Masked Owl - Tyto novaehollandiae
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (2874 x 1911)

Masked Owl - Tyto novaehollandiae
Photo: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney NSW. High Resolution (1893 x 2831)

Masked Owl - Tyto novaehollandiae
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Nicolas Day, Ken Simpson, Peter Trusler.This is known to birdwatchers as "Simpson and Day". I like the pictures in this one the best out of all the major field guides. The information is still very highly regarded compared to most of the other guides. Many serious birdwatchers think "Pizzey and Knight" (listed here) is the best though. I bought this one since I liked the pictures so much I figured (correctly) that I would spend more time looking through it. I feel that I made the right choice since I love the pictures in this one so much. I have the 6th edition, the current one is the updated version of the 8th edition, which has a different colour cover to the original 8th edition with a black cover. I'm not sure why they haven't called this the 9th edition.

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 8th ed. updated from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. updated version from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase 8th ed. original version from Amazon

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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