RO­DENT POI­SON KILLING OWLS

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

A NAT­U­RAL rat ex­ter­mi­na­tor, the south­ern boo­book owl, is un­der threat from house­hold poi­sons used to kill the ro­dents, re­searchers say.

About the size of a din­ner plate, the species is the small­est owl in Aus­tralia with a fa­mil­iar night-time call heard across most re­gions. But num­bers of the once-com­mon bird have fallen over the past 15 years, with 70 per cent of dead books found to con­tain tox­ins from rat poi­son.

The owl.

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