Spectacled Owl

Spectacled Owl

(Buho de anteojos) Pulsatrix perspicillata

The Spectacled Owl is the largest owl found in Costa Rica. Rarely seen by humans due to its nocturnal habits, these owls play a key role in maintaining a healthy coexistence between man and nature- excellent in controlling mouse and rat populations, their primary diet staples, the Spectacled Owl mutually benefits humans by protecting their agricultural crops.

Spectacled Owl Exhibit

For owls to survive in the natural environment, perfect binocular vision is needed. This owl arrived with a slight defect in one of its eyes. It most likely happened as it was flying across the road in search of food and was blinded by car lights at night.