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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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Appearance

Owls
Owls
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large owl.
  • Round head with no ear tufts.
  • Dark eyes.

Immature Description

Like adults.

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Similar Species

  • Barred Owl has streaks, not spots, on chest below ruff, and bars, not spots, on head and back.