Mottled Owl

Ciccaba virgata

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

MOOW

Code 6

CICVIR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Mottled Owl has a very large range of more than 19,000,000 square kilometers. It occurs in a variety of wet and dry tropical forest habitats as well as orchards and shade coffee farms up to 2,000 meters from northern Mexico (except the central plateau region) south through Central America to western Ecuador and the Amazon basin, as well as eastern Paraguay and Brazil, and northern Argentina. It is believed to have a large, stable population and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Mottled Owl: Medium sized owl, brown mottling on upperparts, underparts buff with brown streaks and some barring. Mottled gray-brown facial disk with mottled white outline, no ear tufts. Eyes brown, bill buff or yellow, barred tail. Bare, buff feet. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Mottled Owl: Found in east and west Mexico south through most of Central America and into South America. Resides from Colombia and Ecuador east to northcentral and northeast Brazil, south to western Peru and Bolivia. Also found in southern Paraguay and southeast Brazil. Resides from sea level to 2,000 m in many different types of habitat, from dry thorny scrub to tropical rainforests and evergreen forests.

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Mottled Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Mottled Owl Z1

Territorial calls consist of several short "gwow" hoots.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"gwo, gwoh, gwoh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • Mottled Owls are solitary and strictly nocturnal.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X