Spectacled Owl

Pulsatrix perspicillata

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About the Spectacled Owl


Class: Aves  
Order: Strigiformes   
Family: Strigidae  
Genus: Pulsatrix  
Species: perspicillata

Spectacled owls have distinctive white circles around their yellow eyes that give them the appearance of wearing spectacles. Spectacled owls, however, don’t need glasses since their eyesight is so keen that they do most of their hunting at night, when there is less competition for food from other birds of prey. Their acute hearing is also critical for hunting, along with an ability to turn their heads nearly 270 degrees to scan for the small prey that sustains them.