One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small Australasian owl which has a characteristic double hoot reminiscent of the call of the European cuckoo.
Genus Ninox, family Strigidae: two species, especially the common N. novaeseelandiae
- ‘Bryan lives near Traralgon South, and took these photos of a baby boobook and its mother near his home.’
- ‘So it was a group of four that finally made it to where humans had been keeping boobooks in captivity.’
- ‘Did he by chance know a boobook owl named Hala?’
- ‘I helped the race of boobook owls escape from humans!’
Early 19th century: imitative of its call.
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