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Ninox novaeseelandiae (Morepork)

Wikipedia Abstract

The morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae), also called the Tasmanian spotted owl, is a small brown owl found throughout New Zealand and Tasmania.
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Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria (Lord Howe Island morepork)
Ninox novaeseelandiae leucopsis (Tasmanian boobook hawk owl) (Attributes)
Ninox novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae (Boobook hawk owl/Morepork) (Attributes)
Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata (Norfolk Island morepork)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 4.72812
EDGE Score: 1.74539


Adult Weight [1]  175 grams
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates)
Diet - Ectothermic [2]  10 %
Diet - Endothermic [2]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  70 %
Forages - Aerial [2]  10 %
Forages - Canopy [2]  20 %
Forages - Mid-High [2]  20 %
Forages - Understory [2]  20 %
Forages - Ground [2]  30 %
Clutch Size [4]  2
Incubation [3]  34 days
Maximum Longevity [3]  29 years
Nocturnal [2]  Yes


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Zealand New Zealand No
Southwest Australia Australia No
Wallacea East Timor, Indonesia No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1New Zealand Department of Conservation
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Kemp, AC. 1989. Estimation of Biological Indices for Little-known African Owls Meyburg, B.-U & R. D. Chancellor eds. 1989 Raptors in the Modern World WWGBP: Berlin, London & Paris
4Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
5Cercartetus lepidus (Diprotodontia: Burramyidae), JAMIE M. HARRIS, MAMMALIAN SPECIES 842:1–8 (2009)
6The diet of moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae) in relation to prey availability, and their roost site characteristics and breeding success on Ponui Island, Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand., Kirsty Marie Denny, A thesis presented in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Ecology at Massey University, Albany New Zealand. (2009)
7Mystacina tuberculata, Gerald G. Carter and Daniel K. Riskin, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 790, pp. 1-8 (2006)
8Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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