The northern spotted owl is the largest of three subspecies of spotted owls, and inhabits structurally complex forests from southwestern British Columbia, through Washington and Oregon, and into northern California. The northern spotted owl is relatively long-lived, has a long reproductive life span, invests significantly in parental care, and exhibits high adult survivorship relative to other North American owls. Northern spotted owls are medium-sized, chocolate brown owls with dark eyes, and they have round or irregular white spots on their head, neck, back, and underparts.
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Land covered by evergreen trees in cool, northern latitudes. Also called taiga.
Northern spotted owls are nocturnal perch-and-pounce predators that captures prey with their claws. They primarily eat small forest mammals, like flying squirrels, woodrats, voles and mice.
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