A rare and little-known owl of lowland and foothill forest. Medium-sized with a small-headed appearance. Dark brown with barred back and tail. Pale underparts with long, sparse streaks and finer streaking on the head and throat. Feeds on a variety of prey including rodents, birds and insects. Similar to Barking Owl, but Papuan Owl is slightly smaller with more sparse streaking on the belly and lacks the white flecks on the back. More easily told apart by voice. Voice, a medium-pitch, fluty “hoot hoot” delivered slowly.