Powerful Owl (species: Ninox (Ninox) strenua) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Ninox (Ninox) strenua
Powerful Owl

©Geoffrey Shuetrim and Ellie Shuetrim and Alex Heath: Powerful Owl

©Arthur Chapman: Powerful Owl (Ninox (Ninox) strenua)

©David Lochlin: Powerful Owl (Ninox (Ninox) strenua)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Ninox
Species Ninox (Ninox) strenua
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has large yellow eyes, grey-brown V-barring on all features and dull yellow feet. They are aptly named, with very powerful and heavy claws. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • Up to 70 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • From 112 cm to 135 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is endemic to south-eastern and eastern Australia. The range is from Eungella in Queensland south to the central highlands of Victoria and west to Mount Burr in South Australia. It is found in coastal areas, rarely more than 200 km inland. (Wikipedia)


It is a nocturnal predator of forests and woodlands. Its diet consists largely of arboreal marsupials such as gliders and possums and flying foxes.

They will also feed on nocturnal birds such as the Tawny Frogmouth and roosting diurnal birds such as cockatoos and parrots, kookaburras, currawongs and honeyeaters.

Insects may supplement the diet and are typically taken on the wing.

The vast majority of prey is taken from trees. (Wikipedia)

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