Ruru (Morepork) chick, Stewart Island/Rakiura, New Zealand. The ruru is a small native owl surviving mostly on large invertebrates.

Ruru (Morepork) chick, Stewart Island/Rakiura, New Zealand. The ruru is a small native owl surviving mostly on large invertebrates.

Morepork, owl endemic to New Zealand. Maori name: ruru.

Morepork, owl endemic to New Zealand. Maori name: ruru.

Morepork by Wolfgang Holtmeier W0LLE.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Morepork by Wolfgang Holtmeier W0LLE.deviantart.com on @DeviantArt

Morepork. Adult peering down. Kahurangi National Park, December 2010. Image © Corey Mosen by Corey Mosen www.coreymosen.co.nz

Morepork. Adult peering down. Kahurangi National Park, December 2010. Image © Corey Mosen by Corey Mosen www.coreymosen.co.nz

MOREPORK, BOOBBOOK, RURU, SPOTTED OWL - Athene maculata (Now: Nino novaeseelandiae) Also known as New Zealand Boobook Owl -  painted and lithographed by John & Elizabeth Gould from Birds of Australia, London 1840-48. This bird has more names than feathers!

MOREPORK, BOOBBOOK, RURU, SPOTTED OWL - Athene maculata (Now: Nino novaeseelandiae) Also known as New Zealand Boobook Owl - painted and lithographed by John & Elizabeth Gould from Birds of Australia, London 1840-48. This bird has more names than feathers!

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