Mexican Spotted Owl
Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) is a large (47-48 cm) brown owl with dark eyes; a spotted head, back, chest, and belly; and no ear tufts. They are distributed through the rugged mountainous regions of the southwestern U.S. and into central Mexico. Their preferred habitat is closed-canopy, dense, multi-layered, uneven-aged, old-growth, mixed conifer forests with numerous snags and downed woody material. Secondary habitats include steep, narrow canyons with cliffs and a perennial water source. Mammals make up the bulk of the owl’s diet.