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Mottled owl

Strix virgata


Spotted in San Sebastián de la Selva, a nature reserve in Misiones, Argentina. This is a medium-sized owl found in Central and South America from Mexico to Brazil and Argentina. The head and back are mottled brown and the underparts whitish, with vertical bars on the chest and throat. The eyes are dark and the head is round and they do not have ear tufts.


The mottled owl is native to Central and South America. Its range extends from Mexico south to Argentina and Brazil and it is found at elevations up to about 2,500 m (8,200 ft). It inhabits a variety of wooded habitats including rainforest, woodland verges, dry thorn forest, pine/oak woodland and plantations and also open countryside with scattered trees. In some parts of its range it is common and it is often found close to human habitations.

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remco.douma 9 years ago

Thank you, Desmond!

Desmond.E.S.O 9 years ago

Great series!

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Misiones, Argentina

Spotted on Oct 18, 2014
Submitted on Dec 5, 2014

Spotted for Mission

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