Spotted Owls

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Spotted Owls

Hunting ' Food: Hunting is done mainly at night, usually beginning just after sunset and ending a half hour before sunrise. Spotted Owls use a perch to "sit and wait" to dive down onto prey. They rarely forage in flight. Prey is sometimes cached for later use. Prey taken to the nest by the male is often decapitated first. During the day, a Spotted Owl may take the odd prey that passes by its day roost, fly to a food cache, or fly to a nearby stream to drink. Spotted Owls feed mainly on flying squirrels and wood rats. Other major prey include gophers, rabbits and hares. Summer diets are more varied with deer mice and voles being important foods. Spotted Owls are known to capture 30 mammal species including bats, and 23 bird species as prey. They also eat snakes, crickets, beetles, and moths. They have been known to walk around campgrounds at night to pick up scraps of food. Pellets are large and compact measuring about 5.1-7.6 cm in length

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In Oregon, spotted owls typically occupy Douglas-firs, grand firs, ponderosa pines and incense cedars. The flying squirrels, wood rats and red tree voles that share the forest with the spotted owl make up the bulk of its diet, along other small mammals, birds and reptiles. Spotted owls are known to be relatively tame birds, often unfazed by the presence of humans.

An individual Spotted Owl may not breed every year. Some do not breed for periods of five to six years. Although survival of juvenile owls is low, adult survival is high, and a Spotted Owl may live to be 17 years old.

Diet: Small rodents such as northern flying squirrels, red tree voles, and woodrats are the primary prey of northern spotted owls, but they also consume birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Northern spotted owls are nocturnal  “perch and pounce” predators. They sit on tree branches at night, using their keen vision to scan for prey in the dark. When a potential meal is spotted, they silently swoop down and capture the prey with their talons.

Diet: Small rodents such as northern flying squirrels, red tree voles, and woodrats are the primary prey of northern spotted owls, but they also consume birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Northern spotted owls are nocturnal  “perch and pounce” predators. They sit on tree branches at night, using their keen vision to scan for prey in the dark. When a potential meal is spotted, they silently swoop down and capture the prey with their talons.

Diet: Small rodents such as northern flying squirrels, red tree voles, and woodrats are the primary prey of northern spotted owls, but they also consume birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Northern spotted owls are nocturnal  “perch and pounce” predators. They sit on tree branches at night, using their keen vision to scan for prey in the dark. When a potential meal is spotted, they silently swoop down and capture the prey with their talons.

Diet: Small rodents such as northern flying squirrels, red tree voles, and woodrats are the primary prey of northern spotted owls, but they also consume birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Northern spotted owls are nocturnal  “perch and pounce” predators. They sit on tree branches at night, using their keen vision to scan for prey in the dark. When a potential meal is spotted, they silently swoop down and capture the prey with their talons.

Diet: Small rodents such as northern flying squirrels, red tree voles, and woodrats are the primary prey of northern spotted owls, but they also consume birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Northern spotted owls are nocturnal  “perch and pounce” predators. They sit on tree branches at night, using their keen vision to scan for prey in the dark. When a potential meal is spotted, they silently swoop down and capture the prey with their talons.

Description: Northern spotted owls are one of three subspecies of spotted owls. Mexican and California spotted owls are the other two. Each of these owls is brown with white spots, but the northern spotted owl is the darkest brown with the smallest spots and darker facial disks (the feathers surrounding the eyes).

Habitat: The Spotted Owl is a bird of dense, dark, old-growth or mixed mature and old-growth coniferous forests. Forests are usually dominated by firs or Douglas-fir, but they also use mature hardwood forests of cottonwoods, alders, oak, and sycamore, especially along steep-walled river valleys. They prefer an uneven and multi-layered canopy. They prefer shaded mountain slopes and canyons over flat plateau areas

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