Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

SPEO

Code 6

PULPER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Spectacled Owl has a very large range of more than 18,000,000 square kilometers. It occurs in a variety of tropical forest habitats as well as savannah and riparian zones in dry areas from southern Mexico south to northern Peru, the Amazon basin, and southern Brazil. This species has an estimated population of 500,000-4,999,999 individuals, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Spectacled Owl: Large owl, black-brown upperparts and breast, white throat, rest of underparts buff. Small black-brown facial disk with white outline near bill and eyes. No ear tufts. Eyes yellow. Broad, rounded wings, barred tail.


Range and Habitat

Spectacled Owl: Large range, extends from the east-central Mexican state of Veracruz south through much of Central and South America to southeast Brazil and parts of northern Argentina. Found primarily in old growth tropical rain forests, also occurs in forest edges. Sometimes found in plantations, dry forests, and savanna plains with trees.

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Spectacled Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Spectacled Owl O1

Pair duet.

Spectacled Owl S1

High-pitched calls from a juvenile.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"PUP-pup-pup-pup-po"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • Spectacled Owls can live up to 25 years in captivity.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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