The large, yellow eyes of the Barking Owl mark this bird as a type of hawk owl. Prey is hunted with keen eyesight and seized in powerful talons from the ground, from trees and even mid-flight.
What’s on the menu?
The Barking Owl hunts at twilight, searching its woodland habitat for mammals, reptiles, insects and even other birds. Prey up to the size of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos can be caught. Any food too big to be swallowed whole is torn up with the sharp, curved beak and eaten piece by piece.
These owls are named for their ‘barking’ call but can also make a much louder, wailing cry, which has given rise to another name, the ‘screaming-woman bird’. Some believe the call of the owl to be the source of the Bunyip myth.