http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids/animal-facts/spotted_owl.asp
http://www.owlpages.com/owls.php?genus=Strix&species=occidentalis
http://www.owling.com/Spotted_nh.htm
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/printouts/Spottedowlprintout.shtml


Appearanceexternal image blueband.jpg

  • get spots when adult
  • meduim size
  • born white
  • have circles around eyes
  • feathery feet
  • sharp claws
  • 109 cm (females)
  • Weight: 518-760g (1-1.75 lbs)
  • Wingspan: average 109cm (43") for females, 106cm (42") for males
  • Wingspan: 40 - 50 in



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  • build nest in cavity of tree or stump
  • roosts in deep shade during day
  • prefers nesting in old trees
  • dense, dark, old-growth or mixed mature and old-growth coniferous forests
  • uneven and multilayered canopy
  • shaded mountain slopes and canyons
  • hids from the daylight


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Food

  • Hunting done night
  • rarely forage flight
  • Prey sometimes cached for later
  • include flying squirrels, wood rats, hares or rabbits
  • birds smaller owls and reptiles
  • perch to "sit and wait dive down to prey


Young

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  • breeding season March to September
  • Spotted owl pairs mate for life
  • begin breeding at two to three years of age
  • Clutch size ranges from 2 to 4 eggs
  • Eggs laid every 3 to 4 days, usually in April
  • may not defend their eggs
  • start roaming from the nest nearby branches at about 5 weeks


Enemiesexternal image GreatHornedOwl.jpg

  • the great horned owl
  • the red-tailed hawk
  • the raven
  • doesn't always defend its young from predators




Cool Facts
dead spotted owl
dead spotted owl

  • don’t migrate for the winter
  • is unique to North America
  • spotted owl only lives in southwestern British Columbia
  • Canada's most endangered bird
  • It is believed that fewer than 11 pairs remain in B.C.
  • can be found outside Canada
  • Due to heavy logging of its natural habitat
  • is a nocturnal, woodland owl
  • adults live up to 17 years in the wild
  • many owls die young