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Spotted Owl

Strix occidentalis ORDER: STRIGIFORMES FAMILY: STRIGIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Near Threatened

A denizen of mature coniferous forests, the Spotted Owl has been at the center of debates between forces for and against logging in the Pacific Northwest. Because of its role as the indicator species for old-growth forest, it has become one of the best-studied owls in the world.

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Calls

  • Calls
  • Courtesy of Macaulay Library
    © Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Call a series of four spaced notes with the two middle ones closest together, "hup, hoo-hoo, hooo."