Some vertebrate prey of Barn Owls Tyto alba sumbaensis on Sumba and Rote, Indonesia

Jerry Olsen, Stephen J. S. Debus, Susan Trost, Leah Tsang, Harry Parnaby

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Abstract

The diet of the Barn Owl Tyto alba sumbaensis is little known in Wallacea. Samples of pellets from nests in a church in an urban setting on Sumba and in a forested, limestone cli setting near Nembrala (Nemberala) on the small island of Rote (Roti), o Timor, were collected in July 2001 and July 2002, respectively. The Sumba sample contained the remains of rodents (three Black Rats Rattus rattus, four Paci c Rats R. exulans and one probable House Mouse Mus musculus) and birds (17 Eurasian Tree Sparrows Passer montanus). The sample from Rote contained the remains of 30 small fruit-bats (24 Geo roy’s Rousettes Rousettus amplexicaudatus and six that were probably also this species).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44–47
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Field Ornithology
Volume37
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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