Fearful Owl Nesasio solomonensis

Fearful Owl Nesasio solomonensis

Fearful Owl Nesasio solomonensis


Location: Papua New Guinea, Australia

The Fearful Owl is a large owl and an apex predator in Papua New Guinea along with the Sanford’s Fish-eagle Haliaeetus sanfordi. They feed mostly on northern common cuscus Phalanger orientalis (Diamond 1975a, Webb 1992). Cuscus were introduced to these islands in prehistoric times; presumably the owl previously fed on the giant arboreal rats which are now very rare across their range (Flannery 1995). The Fearful Owl may also be less common in areas where rural communities over-hunt prey species P. orientalis (Dutson 2011). This enigmatic species is classified as Vulnerable on the basis of a small subpopulations on three island which are declining through habitat degradation. However, their total population size and habitat requirements are poorly known.

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The Fearful Owl is threatened by large-scale logging and deforestation in the lowlands, which has increased in intensity in recent years, and most of the lowlands of Choiseul and Santa Isabel have been logged or have logging concessions (Katovai et al. 2015).

IUCN Red List

Further Information

BirdLife International. 2016. Nesasio solomonensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22689539A93236256. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22689539A93236256.en. Downloaded on 31 January 2021.

IUCN Rating vulnerable

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