Owl Calls – Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)

The Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata) is a medium-sized owl endemic to the wet tropics of far north Queensland, Australia. Once considered a subspecies of the Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa), the Lesser Sooty Owl is smaller and daintier than its larger cousin.

Lesser Sooty Owls inhabit rainforests and eucalypt forests from sea-level up to the above 1000m on the Atherton Tablelands and are not uncommon in suitable habitat within their limited range.

Lesser Sooty Owls are quite vocal, perhaps more so than their larger cousin, the Greater Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa). They can often be heard calling just after dusk or before dawn. Their calls are very similar to those of Tyto tenebricosa – the most commonly heard calls are a descending screech (which can sound like a whistle from a distance) and a harsh scraping call.

Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)

Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata) in Daintree National Park, Queensland

Listen to Lesser Sooty Owl Calls

XC352821 This first recording features a typical descending screech followed by some wavering trills. Recorded at dawn in Tully Falls National Park, Queensland.

XC174110 This next sample features a series of harsh scraping calls. Recorded at dawn in Mount Lewis National Park, Queensland.

Lesser Sooty Owl (Tyto multipunctata)