The Masked Owl (northern) is a large (males 600 g, females 1 kg) owl with prominent heart-shaped facial disc, with plumage highly patterned by speckling, and generally darker on the back and paler below (Woinarski 2004).
Masked Owl (northern) |
Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Tyto novaehollandiae kimberli
The subspecies has undoubtedly been affected by broad scale changes to the environment of northern Australia caused by altered fire regimes; grazing by livestock and feral animals; and the invasion of native woodlands by exotic plants; particularly introduced pasture grasses (Woinarski; 2004).