Spectacled Owl

Spectacled owls are the largest tropical owl species in its range of Central and South America. They are primarily nocturnal hunters.

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

Spectacled owls roost in dense foliage during the day. Their diet consists of mammals up to the size of opossums, bats, smaller birds and occasionally insects. They prefer to hunt from a perch, using their hearing to detect movement.

Key Facts

Family:
Strigidae
Diet:
Small mammals including mice and the occasional possum. They can take birds up to the size of jays, as well as frogs
Life Span:
35 years wild | 40+ years captivity
Number of Young:
3 -5 eggs
Distribution:
Mexico, Central and Southern America
Habitat:
Dense tropical and sub-tropical forest, plantations
Did you know?
Spectacled owls are the largest tropical owl species

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