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Alternative names: Papuan Hawk-Owl, Papuan Boobook (not to be confused with Ninox theomacha)

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Uroglaux dimorpha


30–33 cm (11¾-13 in)

  • Whitish facial disc has black streaks
  • White eyebrows
  • Brown upperparts with black markings
  • Whitish underparts with brown streaks
  • Yellow eyes
  • Greyish-black bill


New Guinea and Yapen Island.


This is a monotypic species[1], which is the only member of its genus.

It has sometimes been called Papuan Boobook, a name most authorities use for the species Ninox theomacha.


Lowland rainforests, forest edges, gallery forests in savannah habitat at heights around 1500 m.



Their diet consists mostly of insects, rodents and birds up to the size of Wompoo Fruit Dove.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  3. Wikipedia

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