northern spotted owl

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A threatened species of owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) which is nocturnal, feeds on small mammals and birds, and lives in old growth forests of northern California and the Pacific Northwest of the USA and in southern parts of British Columbia, Canada. Its survival is under threat from the loss of old growth forest habitat, as a result of logging and forest fragmentation, but also as a result of natural disasters such as fire, volcanic eruptions, and wind storms. The species is protected under the Endangered Species Act and under Cites.

Subjects: Environmental Science.

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