Sounds & Calls
Barking Owl (Ninox connivens)
Barking Owls usually inhabit open forests and woodlands, and can often be found along tree-lined creeks and rivers. Although fairly common throughout much of northern Australia, the Barking Owl has been affected by the clearing of woodlands in the south and is considered ‘vulnerable’ in NSW and is now endangered in Victoria.
The most commonly heard call of the Barking Owl is a double note ‘woof-woof’ which sounds quite similar to a dog’s bark. Male and female often duet with the male making the lower-pitched call and the female the higher notes. They also make an unusual ‘yowing’ vocalisation which sounds a bit like a person shouting for help. This sound is sometimes referred to as the ‘screaming woman call’!