Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)

The Spectacled Owl is a large owl that inhabits both the dry and rain forest in Costa Rica. It has that name due to the white facial markings, than look like spectacles or glasses. As most other Owls, it is nocturnal, and perches during the day in dark forested areas to rest.

I have been able to observe this species three times. The first time, in Orotina, two individuals were perched pretty high in the canopy, making it difficult to obtain close-up pictures of them. We spotted them in Orotina during a Birdwatching tour with Fundacion Rapaces de Costa Rica, on April 9th, 2017, at Alvaro Gutierrez home. For the second time, we saw it in Horquetas de Sarapiqui, on a Birdwatching tour again with Fundacion Rapaces de Costa Rica, this time with Cope. For the third time, we were on a Birdwatching trip with Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica, visiting Gavilan Lodge (where we saw the owl) and then Estación Biológica La Selva, OET.

Spectacled Owl - Pulsatrix perspicillata - Oropopo, Búho de Anteojos (3)Spectacled Owl - Pulsatrix perspicillata - Oropopo, Búho de Anteojos

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