Mottled Owl

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Mottled Owl


The Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata) is a medium-sized owl with a mottled brown and white plumage. Native to Belize, these nocturnal birds are recognized for their haunting calls and adaptability to various habitats.

Interesting Facts

  • Scientific Name: Ciccaba virgata
  • Habitat: Inhabits a range of environments in Belize, including forests, woodlands, and urban areas.
  • Diet: Carnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, and insects; nocturnal hunting behavior.
  • Behavior: Nocturnal and solitary; known for their cryptic plumage and distinctive vocalizations during the night in Belize.
  • Biology: Wing Span of 8-11 inches, and has a 10 years or more lifespan.

Fun Facts

  • Like many owls, female mottled owls are significantly larger than the males
  • They Have facial disks that act as satellites that pick up the slightest sound

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