The Australian Boobook (Ninox boobook) is Australia’s smallest and most common species of owl. Often called the ‘Southern Boobook’, ‘boobook owl’, ‘mopoke’ or ‘morepork’, this versatile species is found throughout mainland Australia, Timor, the Sundas and also southern Papua New Guinea. As a result of recent taxonomic changes, the species found on mainland Australian has been named ‘Australian Boobook’ (Ninox boobook).
Australian Boobooks can live in a wide variety of habitats including rainforests, semi-deserts, farmland and even city parks. Despite being common and widespread, they are often hard to see during the day as they generally roost well-hidden in dense foliage.