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Interesting rufous owl facts for kids

The Rufous Owl (Ninox rufa) is quite a big bird. The species belongs to the family of typical owls, also known as Strigidae. As the name suggests, these owls have rufous-colored feathers and small heads. Also, their back, head, and neck are reddish-brown in color while the underparts are barred. Males generally have broader heads compared to the female rufous owls. The owl is also known as Rufous Boobook. The breeding season lasts from June to September. The species is primarily found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. Both the male and females are huge in size. Even their babies or the young owls are large! The International Union for Conservation of Species has listed the species in the Least Concern category.

Keep on reading to learn more interesting facts about the Rufous Owl. If you want to know more exciting information about different animals, check out black-necked stilt and stork facts.

Rufous Owl Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Rufous Owl?

The Rufous owl is a large-sized bird. These owls are carnivores and primarily prey on insects, birds, and mammals such as flying foxes.

What class of animal does a Rufous Owl belong to?

The rufous owl belongs to the Aves class, the family of Strigidae, and the Ninox genus.

How many Rufous Owls are there in the world?

The exact population of the Rufous Owl (Ninox Rufa) is not known as of now but these owls are not widely spread. The species is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

Where does a Rufous Owl live?

These birds are generally found in several regions of Australia such as the Aru Islands, Arnhem Lands, Queensland, Cape York Penninsula, and many more. The Rufous boobook is the exclusive tropical owl in the country. Also, these dark rufous owls are found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

What is a Rufous Owl's habitat?

The Rufous owls are majorly spotted in the rainforests, savannas, forested gullies, and wetlands.

Who does Rufous Owl live with?

Just like other species of owls, these dark rufous owls are also solitary and love to live alone. They are shy and nocturnal which means the owl remains active during the night. But during the breeding season, they come in pairs.

How long does a Rufous Owl live?

No data on the rufous owl lifespan is available as of now.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding process starts with the courtship behavior in which the male tries to attract the female owl with his voice. The female owl also trills in response to the male owl. The breeding season lasts from June to September. The female rufous owl lays around one to two eggs in a nest in the trunk of the trees. The incubation period lasts for more than a month. Also, parental involvement can be seen for many months. The average length of the young owls varies from 1.9-2.1 in (49-54 mm).

What is their conservation status?

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the owl in the Least Concern category.

Rufous Owl Fun Facts

What do Rufous Owls look like?

One of the greatest predators, found in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Aru Islands, and a major part of Northern Australia, these reddish-brown owls are quite dangerous. They calmly search for their prey and even chase big mammals. The back, head, and neck of the owl are reddish-brown in color while the underparts are barred. The babies or the young owl are also quite big compared to other juveniles of birds. Tropical rainforests are the major habitat of the bird.

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How cute are they?

Unlike other birds, people generally don't consider owls as cute and adorable birds. The dark rufous owl is a large-sized bird. Also, they are solitary and maintain distance from humans. The birds could also attack humans. Their neck, head, and upper wings are dark brown, while the underparts are barred that looks scary.

How do they communicate?

The rufous owl (Ninox rufa) follows the same methods of communication as other owls. They mostly remain silent but during the breeding season, both male and female owls communicate using calls to attract each other.

How big is a Rufous Owl?

The dark rufous owls are quite big in size, the average length and weight of the species is 1.5-3.7 lb (700-1700 g) and 18-22 in (46-57 cm) respectively. Even the young owls are  1.9-2.1 in (49-54 mm) in length. The Rufous owl is thrice the size of the Elf owl.

How fast can a Rufous Owl move?

The exact speed of these dark brown owls is not known at the moment but they are best known for their predatory skills. The owl prey on mammals while flying which is a rare characteristic. Also, the owl gets very active during the breeding season. They can move quickly if someone comes closer to the nest.

How much does a Rufous Owl weigh?

The average weight of a rufous owl is 1.5-3.7 lb (700-1700 g).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific male and female names of the rufous owl species.

What would you call a baby Rufous Owl?

No particular name has been given to the babies of the rufous owl. They are generally referred to as young or juvenile owls.

What do they eat?

The Rufous owls are strong predators. They are known to feed on insects, birds, and small mammals including flying foxes. They hunt their prey while in the air. Small rodents and possums can also make up part of their diet. It has also been observed that their diet can vary seasonally depending on the prey available to them.

Are they poisonous?

Rufous owls are not poisonous and do not possess any threats to humans. But these large-sized owls could attack humans if provoked and tries to come closer to the nests.

Would they make a good pet?

Owls are rarely friendly to humans and people also do not consider them as pets as they are very big and can easily attack humans. Also, their eating habits are different from most pet birds. These birds are also not very affectionate with domesticated animals. It is advised not to pet them as they belong to the wild.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

Generally, the selection of the nest is done by the male owl and the nest is constructed at a higher altitude to save the eggs from predators.

The male rufous owl has a low-pitched voice compared to the female owls.

The rufous owl is the largest in Australia. Among Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, a huge population of rufous owls is found in Northern Australia.

The species of this brown Rufous Owl was first described by an ornithologist from the United Kingdom, John Gould. There are more than three subspecies of the rufous owls such as Ninox rufa queenslandica, Ninox rufa humeralis, and Ninox rufa rufa.

Are they predators?

Yes, the rufous owls are often considered one of the greatest predators. From birds to mammals, these large birds prey on a variety of animals such as flying foxes, rodents, northern brushtail possum, sugar glider, northern brown bandicoot, several others. The bird usually observes from the nest and chases its prey, and sometimes also snatches it from the water.

How high can they fly?

The exact distance has not been recorded yet but as they are carnivores, the owl can easily fly at higher altitudes while chasing birds.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds including the tawny owl and Kirtland's warbler.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Rufous owl coloring pages.

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