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Birds at
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Spectacled Owl

It is an unsociable bird, generally nocturnal, with activity normally beginning after dusk and continuing to dawn.

It roosts singly by day in trees with dense foliage. It is most vocal on calm, moonlit nights. They use a branch to perch on and scan the surrounding area. When prey is located, they drop with a swift pounce.

Spectacled owl diets are mainly made up of mice and insects. However, they will also prey on larger mammals such as bats and possums.

DID YOU KNOW? Spectacled owls are the largest tropical owl species.

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Small mammals including mice and the occasional possum. They can take birds up to the size of jays, as well as frogs.
Strigidae
35 years wild
40+ years captivity
3 -5 eggs
Dense tropical and sub-tropical forest, plantations
Least Concern
Mexico, Central and Southern America.
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