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Predation on Koalas by Breeding Powerful Owls


Bob Hambling1 and Chris Pavey2

 

119 Bromley Street, Cornubia, Queensland 4130 (email: )

2Biodiversity Conservation, department of Natural Resources, environment and the Arts, P.O. Box 1120, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0871 (Corresponding author: )

 

ABSTRACT
We report observations of predation on Koalas Phascolarctos cinereus by a pair of Powerful Owls Ninox strenua breeding in the Venman Bushland National Park, southeastern Queensland, during 1998–2002, based on 13 sightings of Owls holding prey at their diurnal roosts. Seven predation events on Koalas were recorded, all in the period during June–August. On the five occasions when Koalas could be aged, the captured individuals were juvenile or subadult.

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