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Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae


Strix occidentalis Xantus de Vesey 1860—Spotted OwlPleistocene regional distribution of Strix occidentalis

Strix occidentalis, USFWS photoThis is a large owl of high, forested mountains. In such habitat, it occurs throughout our region. It has been observed in the Animas Mountains (Ligon 1961), not far from the one tentative fossil record.

Fig. 1. Mexican Spotted Owl. Photograph courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Sites. Mid Wisconsin: U-Bar Cave (Harris 1987: cf.).

Literature. Harris 1987.


Last Update: 3 Dec 2013