Eastern Grass Owl (species: Tyto (Tyto) longimembris) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Tyto (Tyto) longimembris
Eastern Grass Owl

©Kevin Lin: Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto (Tyto) longimembris)

©Tom Tarrant: Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto (Tyto) longimembris)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Tytonidae
Genus Tyto
Species Tyto (Tyto) longimembris
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

They have dark brown or tan upper parts with pale spots. They have black and tan bars on its wings and a very pale beak, feathered legs, and dark brown eyes. Like all tyto owls, it has a heart-shaped facial disk with brown buff and a white bordering. (Wikipedia)


  • From 35 cm to 42 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Females
  • From 32 cm to 38 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Males


  • From 100 cm to 116 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Eastern Grass Owl (Tyto (Tyto) longimembris)

Distribution and habitat preferences

They live in the northeastern section of Australia, parts of New Guinea and the Western Pacific, southeast Asia and India. It has also been found in the Coastal islands.

Due to its adaptations, this owl prefers tall grasslands and swamps because it is able to walk through the grasses. (Wikipedia)


Although this species hunting is little known, the most common prey is the long-haired rat and the cane rat. (Wikipedia)

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