Golden Masked Owl
05 01 004 Tyto aurantia
Common Name New Britain Barn Owl, New Britain Masked Owl, Bismarck Owl and Bismarck Masked Owl.
Range island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Tytonidae
Genus Tyto
Species Tyto aurantia
Conservation Status
The Golden masked owl (Tyto aurantia), also known as New Britain barn owl, New Britain masked owl, Bismarck owl and Bismarck masked owl, is a species of barn owl endemic to the island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

As with other tropical barn owls, it is difficult to spot in the wild and therefore poorly studied. It is likely to be a lowland forest or coniferous species.

Given the paucity of reliable information, it was for some time classified as a Data Deficient species by the IUCN. When its status could finally be evaluated properly, earlier assessments were found to be correct, and it is once again listed as a Vulnerable in the 2008 redlist.

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