spotted owl

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spotted owl

n.
A large owl (Strix occidentalis) of old-growth forests from southwest British Columbia to central Mexico, having dark brown plumage with a heavily spotted back and chest and a barred belly.

spot′ted owl′


n.
a medium-sized owl, Strixoccidentalis, of the western U.S., having a barred breast and a white-spotted brown back.
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Noun1.spotted owl - a large owl of North America found in forests from British Columbia to central Mexicospotted owl - a large owl of North America found in forests from British Columbia to central Mexico; has dark brown plumage and a heavily spotted chest
bird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
genus Strix, Strix - owls lacking ear tufts
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But what to make of fertile hybrids like the sparred owl? "The old definition of a species doesn't really work today," Rhymer says.
For example, over the past decade Midwestern barred owls have pushed westward to the Pacific coast where they've settled in the forest habitat of endangered spotted owls--and bred with them to create sparred owls. "It's a nasty situation," says Susan Haig, a wildlife ecologist at Oregon State University.
By traditional species' definition--in which organisms with common traits breed to create fertile offspring--they shouldn't be mating: Sparred owls could trigger the Northern spotted owl's extinction.