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Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

Description:

The Spectacled Owl, Pulsatrix perspicillata, is a large tropical owl. It is a resident breeder from southern Mexico and Trinidad, through Central America, south to southern Brazil, Paraguay and northwestern Argentina. The Spectacled Owl 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), where as females can weigh from 680 to 1,000 g (1.5 to 2.2 lb)

Habitat:

The Spectacled Owl is primarily a bird of tropical rain forests, being found mostly in areas where dense, old-growth forest is profuse. However, it may enter secondary habitats, such as forest edges, especially while hunting. On occasion, they have been found in dry forests, treed savanna plains, plantations and semi-open areas with trees.

Notes:

A large owl perched in a tree by the Sarapiqui River, Costa Rica. That area had many mangrove trees growing also. n Costa Rica, eggs are laid variously in the dry season (November–May), or at the start of the wet season (June–July). This owl typically nests in an unlined tree cavity. http://fieldguides.com/news/?p=3704

2 species ID suggestions

Spectacled Owl
Pulsatrix perspicillata http://fieldguides.com/news/?p=3704

13 Comments

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Maria...

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Great spotting!

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

Well I hope you do also isabellegarces! Thanks...

isabellegarces
isabellegarces 5 years ago

So cool I hope I see an owl one day....

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

added a photo, close up.

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

thanks for all the fav's everybody...

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

thanks AbiBoocock

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

thanks Rajas

AbiBoocock
AbiBoocock 5 years ago

What a beautiful bird

Rajas Deshpande
Rajas Deshpande 5 years ago

superb

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

nice link, thanks Mark.

pamsai
pamsai 5 years ago

thanks guys. You both put up the ID together...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

This owl has it's spectacles built in.

Heredia, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.46, Long: -84.07

Spotted on Jul 20, 2013
Submitted on Sep 20, 2013

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