Story: Birds of prey

Morepork with bat

Small bats eating insects on the forest floor are easy prey for the morepork. This video shows a morepork hunting. After observing from a perch, the owl flies in and catches a bat with its claws, then carries it back to the roost for a meal.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Birds of prey - Morepork: New Zealand’s native owl', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2024)

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