Story: Birds of prey

Little owl

Little owl

Little owls (German owls) were introduced early in the 20th century, in an effort to control sparrows. They became established in the South Island but not the North Island. A little owl is similar in weight to a morepork, but its head is flatter and its tail shorter.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - Morepork: New Zealand’s native owl', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015