Morepork

Maori Name: 
Ruru
Scientific Name: 
Ninox novaeseelandiae
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29 cm, 175 g. Dark brown owl, obscurely spotted and barred buff. Yellow eyes set in dark facial mask. Larger rounder head and longer tail than Little Owl. Nocturnal; roosts by day in thick vegetation, especially in tree ferns. Main call a loud double hoot - ''more-pork'' - also repeated monotonous ''more'' and rising vibrating ''creel. Habitat: Forest, scrub, lightly forested open country, parks and gardens. Breeding: SepMar.

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