Meaning of boobook in English:



  • A small Australasian owl which has a characteristic double hoot reminiscent of the call of the European cuckoo.

    Genus Ninox, family Strigidae: two species, especially the common N. novaeseelandiae

    • ‘So it was a group of four that finally made it to where humans had been keeping boobooks in captivity.’
    • ‘Did he by chance know a boobook owl named Hala?’
    • ‘Bryan lives near Traralgon South, and took these photos of a baby boobook and its mother near his home.’
    • ‘I helped the race of boobook owls escape from humans!’


Early 19th century imitative of its call.