Siesta – Mottled Owl
Hatched: April 12, 1995
Siesta was hatched at the World Bird Sanctuary in 1995. Her parents were Myrtle and Aztec. She had one sibling – Merlin. In 1999 Siesta went on to another facility to breed. After eight years she returned. Even though she is no longer used for breeding, she still gets “broody” and handlers give her a golf ball to “hatch” to satisfy that breeding instinct.
Siesta now resides in the Environmental Education Center where she greets visitors with an excited little trilling call and a very solemn blink of her beautiful eyes. She is a very curious little owl and stares at visitors until they begin to wonder who is viewing who.
Species: Mottled Owl
Latin Name: Strix virgata
Description: vertical streaks on chest and throat; white markings on back; brown eyes
Sex: similiar but females are larger; males have a lower pitched hoot
Age: juveniles look the same as adults
Weight: 0.4-0.7 lbs.
Habitat: very variable; dry thorn forests to humid evergreen jungles
Status: common along most of its range
Range: Central and South America; northern Mexico and south into Brazil and Argentina
Behavior: lays 1-2 eggs between February and May; nests in tree cavities, on the top of a broken off palm tree, or occasionally in vacant nests of other birds; hunts mostly from a perch; is an opportunistic feeder; strictly nocturnal
Diet: large insects and beetles, small mammals and birds, snakes, lizards, salamanders, frogs
Vocalization: a series of deep hoots; “bru bru”, “bu, bubu”, “cowooawoo” or “keeooweeyo”; also a whistled screech