Barking Owl – barks like a dog or cries like a woman

Barking Owl

This descriptive name suggests that this owl barks like a dog. Indeed the sound of woof-woof that it makes is like a dog barking. Interestingly, The owl can also make a sound of a crying woman making this bird very vocal.

In appearance, Barking Owl is a medium size bird with a heart-shaped face and grey-brown feathers. They are nocturnal birds but sometimes they feed during the day.

They feed on small mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

Barking Owl Habitat

The natural habitat for Barking Owls is woodlands and forests. They like places with eucalypt species like red gum or paperback species in the tropics. Barking Owls prefers big trees where they can find hollows to nest.

Barking Owl Distribution

There are two subspecies of Barking Owl: one occurring in south-eastern and south-western Australia and another living in northern Western Australia, far north Queensland and Northern Territory.

Barking Owl does not live in the central part of Australia.

Is Barking Owl endangered?

Presently this bird is listed as vulnerable in New South Wales and endangered in Victoria.

Barking Owl Lifespan

They can live for up to 20 years.

Our encounters

We did not have a chance to spot a Barking Owl, but we heard their special, distinctive voice in Daintree NP.

Where spotted: Daintree National Park, QLD

Barking Owl – more information


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