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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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.
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