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Spectacled owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata


The Spectacled Owl is can range from 43 to 52 cm (17 to 20 in) in length. Mass in males can range from 453 to 700 g (1.00 to 1.5 lb), whereas females can weigh from 680 to 1,000 g (1.5 to 2.2 lb). It is unmistakable with brown upperparts, head and upper breast, white facial markings and whitish to yellowish-ochre underparts. The eyes are yellow and the beak is pale. The juvenile is even more distinctive than the adult, being completely white apart from a chocolate brown facial disc. Of the six subspecies, only the nominate and P. p. saturata are well described. P. p. saturata differs from the typical Spectacled Owl only in that it is black on the head and the back, with black barring on the sides. (information from Wikipedia)


This spotting took place at Tulsa Zoo.

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alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Cool Bird!

Such a pretty bird! Great pictures!

nawangla bhutia
nawangla bhutia 8 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Wonderful series!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Maybe they should call it the Spectacular Owl. :)

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Feb 4, 2013
Submitted on Feb 9, 2013


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