Today’s Belize Photo of the Day is the Mottled Owl and its scientific name is Ciccaba Virgata. The Mottled Owl can be found in Northern Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America and lives in extensive, diverse, and wild habitats.
The image above portrays the Mottled Owl as it stand upright with its protruding vertical chest of white and grey tones posing for one of Chaa Creek’s naturalist guides.
What a sight! If you have a keen eye for these marvellous creatures, join us for a Creatures of the Night Walk.
The Mottled Owl is midsize, usually about 13 to 15 inches in length and is strictly nocturnal with a varied diet consisting of large insects, beetles, small mammals, birds, and reptiles. They hunt along the forest edges, near jungle river banks, or in open fields, and can catch preys while in flight.
During the day, these owls spend their entire time in either a hole of some decayed tree or in the thickest part of the ever greens.
Photo taken at Chaa Creek by Naturalist guide: Hilberto Tut