Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria (Ramsey, 1888:36)

Lord Howe boobook owl



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Ninox albaria Ramsay, 1888:36 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1950's (Hutton, 1991:63)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia


Biology & Ecology





AM 0.1428 (adult, unsexed)

AM 0.1429 (adult, unsexed)

AM 0.10143 (adult, unsexed)

AM 0.18709 (adult, unsexed)


Other specimens:

AMNH (seven skins)






Original scientific description:

Ramsay, E. P. (1888). Tabular List of all the Australian Birds at present known to the author, showing the Distribution of the Species over the continent of Australia and adjacent islands. Sydney: E. P. Ramsay (self published). 38 pp.


Other references:

BirdLife International. (2012). Ninox novaeseelandiae. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 25 August 2013.

Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW). (2007). Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan Appendices. Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW), Sydney. vii + 267 pp.

del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (1999). Handbook of the Birds of the World. In: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds. Volume 5. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.

Department of the Environment (2014). Ninox novaeseelandiae albaria in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:42:06 +1100.

Disney, H.J. de S. & C.N. Smithers (1972). The distribution of terrestrial and freshwater birds on Lord Howe Island, in comparison with Norfolk Island. Australian Zoologist 17: 1-11.

Eck S, Busse H (1973) Eulen. NBB, Wittenberg.

Etheridge, R. (1889). The general zoology of Lord Howe Island. Australian Museum Memoirs. 2: 3-42.

Fullagar, P.J., McKean, J.L. & Van Tets, G.F. 1975. Report on the Birds, appendix F. pp. 55-72 in Recher, H.F. & Clark, S.S. (eds). Environmental Survey of Lord Howe Island A report to the Lord Howe Island Board. Sydney : Australian Museum viii 86 pp.

Garnett, Stephen. (1992). Threatened and Extinct Birds of Australia. RAOU Report Number 82. Moonee Ponds, Australia: Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union and Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. 212 pp.

Garnett, S. T. and Crowley, G. M. (2000). The Action Plan for Australian Birds 2000. Canberra, ACT: Environment Australia & Birds Australia.

Hindwood, Keith A. (1940). The birds of Lord Howe Island. Emu 40: 1-86.

Hull, A.F.B. (1909). The birds of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. 34: 636-693.

Hutton, Ian. (1991). Birds of Lord Howe Island: Past and Present. Coffs Harbour Plaza, N.S.W.: Self Published. 154 pp.

König C, Weick F, Becking JH (1999) Owls. A guide to the owls of the world. Pica Press.

Longmore, N. W. (1991). Type specimens of birds in the Australian Museum. Technical Report of the Australian Museum 4: 1-42.

McAllan, I. A. W., Curtis, B. R., Hutton, I. and Cooper, R. M. (2004). The birds of Lord Howe Island Group: a review of records. Australian Field Ornithology 21(Supplement): 1-82.

McKean, J. L. and Hindwood, Keith A. (1965). Additional notes on the birds of Lord Howe Island. Emu. 64: 79-97.

Mees, G. F. (1964). A revision of the Australian Owls (Striigdae and Tytonidae). Zoologische Verhandelingen. 65: 1-62.

Recher, H. F. (1974a). Colonisation and extinction: the birds of Lord Howe Island. Australian Natural History 18(2): 64-69.

Recher, H. F., ed. (1974b). Environmental Survey of Lord Howe Island: A Report to the Lord Howe Island Board. Sydney, NSW: Australian Museum.

Recher, H. F. and S.S. Clark (1974). A biological survey of Lord Howe Island with recommendations for the conservation of the island's wildlife. Biological Conservation. 6: 263-273.

Schodde, R. & I.J. Mason (1980). Nocturnal Birds of Australia. Melbourne: Lansdowne.

Schodde, R. and Mason, I. J. 1997. Aves (Columbidae to Coraciidae). Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 37.2. W. W. K. Houston and A. Wells (eds). CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne.

Schodde, R., P. Fullagar & N. Hermes (1983). A review of Norfolk Island birds: past and present. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Special Publication. 8.

Weick, Friedhelm. (2006). Owls (Strigiformes): Annotated and Illustrated Checklist. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.


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