The Spectacled Owls, Pulsatrix perspicillata, is a large tropical owl. It is a resident breeder from southern Mexico and Trinidad south to southern Brazil, Paraguay, and northwestern Argentina. There are six subspecies.
This is a nocturnal species of mature forests. It nests in an unlined tree cavity, laying two white eggs. It preys on mammals and large insects, and will also take birds, including smaller owls.
The Spectacled Owls is 46 cm long and weighs 850 g. It is unmistakable with brown upperparts, head and upper breast, white facial markings and buff underparts. The eyes are yellow and the bill is pale.
The juvenile is even more distinctive than the adult, being completely white white apart from a chocolate brown facial disc.
The call is a deep hooting BOO Boo boo boo boo becoming softer and faster.
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