Mexican Spotted Owl (species: Strix occidentalis) in US Lower 48 Birds (Gaia Guide)
Strix occidentalis
Mexican Spotted Owl

©Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith: Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)

©Hollingsworth, John and Karen; photo by USFS Region 5 (Pacific Southwest): Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)

©Gary L. Clark: Mexican Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
Genus Strix
Species Strix occidentalis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 48 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 120 cm


Similar taxa


©Nk: Distribution Map

Distribution and habitat preferences

It has a nearly contiguous range from southwestern British Columbia south through western Washington and Oregon to Marin County. It occurs in disjunct populations in mountain ranges and canyons of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and extreme western Texas in the USA, and in Sonora, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, and eastern Coahuila through the Sierra Madre Occidental and Sierra Madre Oriental in Mexico.

They occur in a variety of hardwood and coniferous forest habitats, preferably in closed-canopy, uneven-aged, late-successional and old-growth forests. The Mexican subspecies may also make use of chaparral and pinyon woodlands, including areas in deep, steep-walled canyons with little canopy cover. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Recorded at Arcata, Humboldt County, California in United States.

© theroamingfro


nocturnal (active at night)

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