Skip to Main Content
Spotted Owl: Strix occidentalisAuthor(s): Joseph L. Ganey
Source: In: The Raptors of Arizona. The University of Arizona Press. The Arizona Game and Fish Department: 170-174.
Publication Series: Book Chapter
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
PDF: View PDF (400.08 KB)
DescriptionThe scientific name, Strix occidentalis, translates as "owl of the west," an appropriate name for this inhabitant of western forests. The subspecies found in Arizona, the Mexican Spotted Owl, is S. o. lucida - "light" or "bright" owl of the west. This race is generally lighter in color than Spotted Owls elsewhere in the range. The Mexican Spotted Owl can be distinguished from other subspecies on the basis of genetic evidence as well (Barrowclough and Gutierrez 1990).
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationGaney, Joseph L. 1997. Spotted Owl: Strix occidentalis. In: The Raptors of Arizona. The University of Arizona Press. The Arizona Game and Fish Department: 170-174.
KeywordsSpotted Owl, Strix occidentalis
- Introgression and dispersal among spotted owl (Strix occidentatlis) subspecies.
- Mexican Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, First Revision (Strix occidentalis lucida)
- The biology of the California spotted owl
XML: View XML