Single 'Hoot' from owl?

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Single 'Hoot' from owl?

Hello, I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, near the base of Mt Dandenong. I signed up here simply because I saw and heard an owl (or owl-like bird) that made a single, soft 'hoot' sound - exactly like the 'typical owl sound' you are taught when young. It was high up in a tree and spotted at 10PM, after I heard the sound. It hooted several times over about 10 minutes, but always a single hoot and never a double hoot. As I got close, it kept flying away to other trees, so I never got a clear view of what species it was. If I was to guess, I would say it was medium-sized or even small for an owl and it had a reddish eyeshine. It appeared whitish underneath and I didn't notice any clear barring or other pattern. I was out with my sister and she wanted to get home, so I didn't stay much longer to see if I would get a better view. I figured I could identify it by sound at home, but watched videos on the calls of every owl species in Victoria, and it fits none of them. I would say it sounded most like a powerful owl, but its call was only a single syllable (similar to the first 'hoot' a powerful owl makes but softer and slightly higher pitched). I also thought it was far too small. I know barn owls and boobooks are also in the area, but neither bird has a similar call. I'm wondering if any owls do occasionally make single 'hoots' or if there are any other nocturnal birds that sound like owls. Any help would be appreciated!

bettisgr12's picture

Perhaps a Bronzewig, Little Common Owl, or even a pigeon hoot, although they are not night time birds. Look up the sounds of those birds on Youtube & compare them, however I am not a bird expert so I may be wrong!

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