Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis) - HBW 5, p. 199
French: Chouette tachetée
Spanish: Cárabo Californiano
Other common names: Mexican/Mountain Spotted Owl, Mountain Forest Owl (lucida)
Taxonomy: Syrnium occidentale Xántus de Vesey, 1860, Fort Tejon, California.
May be member of superspecies that includes S. varia and S. fulvescens. Occasionally hybridizes with S. varia in Mexico, where ranges overlap. Race lucida very pale, possibly specifically distinct. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- caurina (Merriam, 1898) - SW Canada (British Columbia), S through W USA Coast Ranges to N California.
- occidentalis (Xántus de Vesey, 1860) - C & S Californian Coast Ranges and W slope of Sierra Nevada, S to N Baja California.
- lucida (Nelson, 1903) - from N Arizona, SE Utah and S Colorado S to N & C Mexico (S to Michoacán and Guanajuato).
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rear/side view of female perched in forest at dusk, male calling nearby: she was four-and-a-half metres away! Locality Central Point, Jackson County, Oregon, USA (United States) (ssp caurina)
Martin Kennewell 25 May 2015 2 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 1 min 11 sec 4.7
pair alert then beginning preening competition Locality Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp lucida)
Malcolm Mark Swan 29 July 2009 5 years ago 35 sec 4.3
Several views of a grown chick perched. Locality Scheelite Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp lucida)
Bill Wayman 1 July 2003 6 years ago 57 sec 4.3
Female perched and emiting food begging call. Locality Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp lucida)
marmoset 1 May 2009 5 years ago 34 sec 4.3
Adult female catching mouse put out by USFWS biologist. Locality Arizona, USA (United States) (ssp lucida)
marmoset 1 June 2009 5 years ago 54 sec 4.2
Mexican Spotted Owl catching a white mouse. Locality Gila National Forest, New Mexico, USA (United States) (ssp lucida)
Seth Ames 1 July 2002 4 years ago 28 sec 4.2
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