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About the Spectacled Owl

The Spectacled Owl is a distinctive large owl that lives from southern Mexico into parts of South America. It is a beautiful large owl with a brown head and back, white face and underparts and large yellow eyes.

Spectacled Owls prefer tropical rainforest habitat. They feed on mammals including small rodents, opossums, and skunks. They also take smaller prey items like large insects and crabs.

The population trend for the Spectacled Owl is considered to be stable and the conservation status as of October 2014 is Least Concern.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 June 2009
Scientific Name Pulsatrix perspicillata
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Pulsatrix
  • P. perspicillata
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
17 to 20 inches
16 to 35 ounces
Range Central America South America

International Names

  • Murucututu (Brazilian)
  • Puštík Brýlatý (Czech)
  • Brilleugle (Danish)
  • Briluil (Dutch)
  • Kultapöllö (Finnish)
  • Chouette à Lunettes (French)
  • Brillenkauz (German)
  • Gufo dagli Occhiali (Italian)
  • ネガネフクロウ (Meganefukurou) (Japanese)
  • Brilleugle (Norwegian)
  • Puchaczyk Zóltobrzuchy (Polish)
  • Сова очковая (Russian)
  • Lechuzón de Anteojos (Spanish)
  • Glasögonuggla (Swedish)

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The Spectacled Owl is a distinctive large owl that lives in forests of the Neotropics. It is a beautiful large owl with unique markings. The head, upper breast, and back are a ... more