The range of these beautiful, elusive birds extends from Mexico through South America. There is little known about this species due to its secretive nature. The dense, undamaged forest they live in helps provide the natural seclusion they seem to prefer. The deforestation of the rainforest has surely posed a threat to its future. Preferring to live near water, these owls can also thrive in drier savanna habitats. They seem to adapt to deforestation better than other owls, sometimes hiding in parts of the rainforest where most of the trees have been felled. Spectacled owls are not exclusively nocturnal and are sometimes seen hunting during the day. Usually they feed on small animals such as mice, crabs and various insects, and they have even been known to take opossums and skunks as well as some birds. A bonded pair of spectacled owls will often spend hours calling to each other. The female has a higher pitched voice that the male. The call consists of six or seven knocking or tapping sounds. Two eggs are laid, although only one chick usually survives.