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The mottled wood owl (Strix ocellata) belongs to the family Strigidae under the order Strigiformes.

Characteristics of mottled wood owl

The family Strigidae comprises around 189 living species, divided into 25 genera. These birds are nocturnal and mostly arboreal. They have large heads, short tails, facial disc, camouflaging plumage and large eyes.

The females are generally larger than the males and there is no sexual dimorphism in their plumage. They have large, broad, long and rounded wings. The feathers are soft and the base of each is downy, helping in silent flight.

The genera Strix is characterized by nocturnal habits, medium to large size, robust, well-built body, strong muscles, lack of ear tufts, lack of visible ears, vocalisation through hooting and feeding on small mammals, birds and reptiles.

Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Strix ocellata
Species:S. ocellata
Photo of Mottled wood owl - Strix ocellata
1.Mottled wood owl - Strix ocellata
Photo by Challiyan

Photo of Mottled wood owl - Strix ocellata
2.Mottled wood owl - Strix ocellata
Photo by Bagavath G

Strix ocellata
3.Mottled wood owl - Strix ocellata
Photo by Sjahanmi

Strix ocellata
4.Strix ocellata Photo by Davidvraju

Strix ocellata
5.Strix ocellata Photo by Sabihamk

Strix ocellata
6.Strix ocellata Photo by Siddharth Biniwale
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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Challiyan | License: CC BY-SA 2.5
2.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Bagavath G | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Sjahanmi , Shah Jahan | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Davidvraju | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
5.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Sabihamk | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
6.Photo source: (cropped)
Photo author: Siddharth Biniwale | License: CC BY-SA 4.0
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