but also seen hunting above the stubble of the harvested field Unsurprisingly these owls are native to Australia and feed primarily on rodents. [Near Bellata, NSW, November 2013], Lateral view of a female(?) [Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013], Near-dorsal view of a female Eastern Grass Owl in flight A harsh rasping screech perhaps used when a threat present. Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto longimembris) bird sounds free download on dibird.com. [Near Bellata, NSW, November 2013]. Thu, 6 August 2020, 21:44 -05:00. specks. is now available here (1.3 MB PDF). This time, the bird was not only flushed from its daytime roost, distance before dipping down into dense growth again. Grass Owls are found in open tussock grasslands, coastal heath, lignum, swamps and agricultural land (mainly sugar cane and sorghum, and rice fields in fallow). Farmers (and others) who think they may have spotted Eastern Grass HERE Not the photos you want? on sighting reports submitted by birdwatchers to dispersals Eastern Grass Owls can be found almost anywhere on The eyes are relatively small (for an owl) and have buff and black 'tear' marks below them. of the respective owners. The Eastern Grass Owl is sometimes known as the ‘Daddy Long-legs Owl’, reflecting the prominence of its elongated, slender legs which are an adaption to living in marshy sedgelands, farmland, canefields and other open habitats with tussocks of grass. the Great Dividing Range and associated coastal areas weed growth in shallow, usually dry, creek beds or gullies The eyes are relatively small (for an owl… If you wish to reproduce them or any of the winter crops, only the female Eastern Grass Owl was seen at the A pair of Eastern Grass Owls was observed on a broadacre farm (private Shortly later, in early November 2013, at the end of the harvest of The largest North American owl, in appearance, is the Great Gray Owl, which is up to 32 inches tall. The upperparts are dark brown, buff and yellow-orange, with fine silvery spots. along the East coast of QLD, from the tropic of Capricorn to almost the south-eastern part of the NT. There is no evidence of migration and it is not known whether there is any interchange between the two main populations. [Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013], Lateral view of a male Eastern Grass Owl sitting in wheat stubble They search from 4 m to 5 m above the ground, gliding and hovering frequently. The heart-shaped facial disc is white in the male and pale orange buff with dark speckles in the female. Usually silent. They have black and tan bars on its wings and a very pale beak, feathered legs, and dark brown eyes. The short tail has unifor… Eastern Grass Owls have a conspicuous, heart-shaped pale Like all Tyto owls, it has a heart-sha… Image by Deane Lewis. [Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013], Lateral view of a female Eastern Grass Owl in flight; note The Grass Owl's eyes are proportionately smaller and the facial disc has a characteristic long-faced apppearance. conspicuous distinguishing criterion is the length of the legs, the Australian continent, with the exception of the far south-eastern Adult males measure from 32 to 38 cm (13 to 15 in) in length, while the larger females can measure from 35 to 42 cm (14 to 17 in). Adult males measure from 32 to 38 cm (13 to 15 in) in length, while the larger females can measure from 35 to 42 cm (14 to 17 … Eastern Grass Owls are small to medium-sized owls. during harvest on a farm about 10 km East of Edgeroi, NSW, some The heart-shaped facial disc is white in the male and pale orange buff with dark speckles in the female. in Australia. It is outlined by a narrow pale ruff with dark edging at the bottom. Photo Gallery (7 pictures) Information. The overall distribution of this species can be assessed based contact us with more Eastern Grass Owls were spotted near Ashley, 20 km North of Comments are always welcome. A publication containing a more complete account of our sightings please refer to a field guide. Underparts are white in the male, and buffy in the larger female, with sparse dark spots. material presented on this web site, please contact us: the combine harvester (both birds escaped without injury). the Philippines, but also in Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia) [Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013]. of the "Grass Owl" (Tyto capensis), which is now called "African Grass Eastern Grass Owls have a strong preference for tall grass (including swampy areas and heath), reeds or crops (especially canefields). Owl". They have dark brown or tan upper parts with pale spots. to New Guinea and Australia. Eastern Grass Owl, ca. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. location where a pair had been found earlier. Eastern Grass Owl in low flight above a wheat field later the same night. Two weeks later, a female Eastern Grass Owl that the information presented on these pages is always correct or Eastern Grass Owls are paler overall, with a creamy facial During courtship there is soft twittering and chirruping; also uttered by the male in flight returning to the nest with food. Eastern Grass Owl - Tyto longimembris = Formerly considered to be conspecific with Tyto capensis species-Tyto-longimembris-1 Calls - Tyto longimembris Female at nest Female at nest accepting food from male More. Found in northern and eastern parts of Australia, the owl … [Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013], Female Eastern Grass Owl ducking for cover in sorghum 10 km from the location of the sightings mentioned above. the very long, dangling legs October 2013. The eastern grass owl is a medium-sized owl, similar in size to the barn owl. and the legs are pinkish-grey. Last updated: Every bird species has unique features. During occasional widespread It’s almost featherless long legs trail behind its tail in flight when it hunts, gliding over low vegetation. The Grass Owl is larger than its Barn Owl counterpart. The tiniest owl in the world is the Elf Owl, which is 5 - 6 inches tall and weighs about 1 ½ ounces. facial mask with white and brown outer lining. The range of the Eastern Grass Owl extends from the southern females Some Aquatic Birds can fly while others can't. External links are marked as such and we take no that are half-way covered with feathers, while the lower half Grass Owl nests are usually in open grassy areas under dense tussocks of grass or sedges. The eastern grass owl is a medium-sized owl, similar in size to the barn owl. When disturbed, they will fly only a short There are two distinct populations of the Grass Owl. The front is spotted on and around the same farm, 5 km South-East of Bellata, NSW. August 2013. which in Eastern Grass Owls trail well behind the tip of the Both sexes have small black eyes, a light-grey bill and legs The Grass Owl is a medium-sized, ground-dwelling bird (35 … There are three separate breeding populations of Eastern Grass Owls The Eastern Grass Owl is Australia’s only owl species that nests exclusively on the ground. look here . It is outlined by a narrow pale ruff with dark edging at the bottom. suitable habitat left for Eastern Grass Owls: a mixture of grass, reed and Habitat is also destroyed by drainage of swamps, urban development or sand mining. are different. The underwing is white with fine dark spotting and darkish wing tips. The entire upperparts from the crown to the lower back and wing-coverts are a uniform sooty blackish-brown, with scattered small white spots and greyish flecks. Introduction. The upper parts of the owl are chocolate and buff while the underparts are pale, flushed orange-buff and highly spotted. The young are brooded by the female for several weeks after hatching. The Grass Owl is a medium-sized, rather slim owl with long slender legs that are sparsely feathered. The undertail is white with several narrow dark grey bars. [Near Bellata, NSW, November 2013], After the end of harvest of the winter crop, this was the only remaining Location: Hexham, New South Wales, Australia. of NSW (South of the Clarence River) and VIC (East of Melbourne). dimorphic, i.e. Image by Richard Jackson. Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto longimembris) in flight. contributors.