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Spotted Owl
(Strix occidentalis)

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(Photo 2001-2002

Size: 38-54 cm (similar to large Crow).   Description: Similar to Barred Owl, but spotted below instead of barred or streaked.   Habitat: Old-growth forests, especially those dominated by conifers.  Nest: In tree cavity, or occasionally on a large abandoned hawk or crow nest.   Range: Southern British Columbia.   Voice: A series of low hoots; also various barks, grunts, and yelps.   Diet: Mostly rodents and rabbits.   Behaviour: Highly nocturnal.   Notes: Many pairs do not breed every year. Intolerant of high temperatures due to thick plumage. Requires large breeding territory.



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