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spectacled owl

Scientific Name: Pulsatrix perspicillata

Habitat: densely forested areas

Diet: insects, birds, bats, frogs, crabs, rodents, and other small mammals

Life span: 25-30 years

Young: 2-3 eggs/clutch

Size: 450-900 g (1.0-2.0 lbs)

Spectacled owls get their name from the circular white markings around their eyes that resemble glasses or spectacles.

Females build nests inside tree cavities and often only 1 chick per clutch will survive. Males and females will take turns incubating the eggs while the other hunts. Young spectacled owls have the opposite markings of their parents, a white body with a black mask around their eyes.

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Spectacled owl on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Central and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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