Ninox novaeseelandiae

Morepork Ninox novaeseelandiae, copyright Jake Osborne.

Belongs within: Strigidae.

Ninox novaeseelandiae, the morepork, is a small owl found between eastern Indonesia and New Zealand, named for its two-toned call. Overall coloration is dark brown more or less spotted and barred white and/or rufous; the eyes are surrounded by a dark mask with pale rims.

<==Ninox novaeseelandiae (Gmelin 1788) (see below for synonymy) CC10
    |--N. n. novaeseelandiae (see below for synonymy) CC10
    |--N. n. albaria Ramsay 1888 HR96, CC10 [=N. boobook albaria CC10]
    |--N. n. arida Mayr 1943 WS48
    |--N. n. cinnamomina Hartert 1906 CC10
    |--N. n. fusca (Vieillot 1817) CC10
    |--N. n. halmaturina Mathews 1912 CC10
    |--N. n. leucopsis (Gould 1838) CC10
    |--N. n. lurida De Vis 1887 CC10 [=N. boobook var. lurida DV87]
    |--N. n. marmorata (Gould 1846) [=Athene marmorata] WS48
    |--N. n. mixta Mathews 1912 [=N. boobook mixta] WS48
    |--N. n. moae Mayr 1914 CC10
    |--N. n. ocellata (Bonaparte 1850) CC10
    |--N. n. plesseni Stressemann 1929 CC10
    |--N. n. pusilla Mayr & Rand 1935 CC10
    |--N. n. remigialis Stresemann 1930 CC10
    |--N. n. rotiensis Johnstone & Darnell 1997 CC10
    `--N. n. undulata (Latham 1802) (see below for synonymy) CC10

Ninox novaeseelandiae (Gmelin 1788) [=Strix novaeseelandiae, Athene novaeseelandiae, A. novazealandiae, Ieraglaux novaezealandiae, Ninox novaezealandiae, Spiloglaux novaeseelandiae, S. novaezealandiae] CC10

Ninox novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae (Gmelin 1788) [incl. Strix fulva Latham 1790, Strix novaeseelandiae maculata Kerr 1792, Noctua venatica Peale 1848, Spiloglaux novaeseelandiae venatica, Noctua zelandica Quoy & Gaimard in Dumont d’Urville 1830] CC10

Ninox novaeseelandiae undulata (Latham 1802) [=Strix undulata, N. boobook undulata; incl. N. boobook royana Mathews 1912, Spiloglaux novaeseelandiae royana] CC10

*Type species of generic name indicated


[CC10] Checklist Committee (OSNZ). 2010. Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica 4th ed. Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Te Papa Press: Wellington.

[DV87] De Vis, C. W. 1887. On new or rare vertebrates from the Herbert River, north Queensland. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (4): 1129–1137.

[HR96] Heather, B. D., & H. A. Robertson. 1996. The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Viking: Auckland.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

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