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Range DescriptionTyto aurantia is endemic to the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. It is known from very few specimens and just two field sightings (Gilliard and LeCroy 1967, Coates 1985, K. D. Bishop in litt. 1987). Tyto owls have become prehistorically extinct through unknown causes on the adjacent islands of Mussau and New Ireland (Gilliard and LeCroy 1967). However, as with other congeners, it is likely to be overlooked and it may prove to be not uncommon and tolerant of logged forest.