Manchado Manchado came here in September 1998. He was found on a highway in the mountains of south central New Mexico, most likely hit by a car. He had a serious head injury and a bruised beak. A cataract developed in one of his eyes from the injury, rendering him unreleasable.

Mexican Spotted Owl
(Strix occidentales lucinda)

Range and Habitat:
Mexican spotted owls, one of the three sub-species of spotted owls, prefer to live in old growth, mixed conifer forests and steep, narrow canyons with cliffs and a water source. They are strictly nocturnal and secretive. They are only found in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Mexico. In New Mexico, they prefer unlogged forest and develop exclusive territories in canyons.

Mexican spotted owls prey on wood rats and other small mammals.

Conservation Issues:
The Mexican spotted owl was placed on the “Threatened” list in 1993. Studies in the 1990s and early 2000s indicated a steady decline in New Mexico populations. Logging, wildfire, and grazing in riparian canyon bottoms may be contributing to declines. Requiring very specific food and habitat, the biggest threat to the Mexican spotted owl is loss of habitat.


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Manchado can be sponsored for $2500. This will keep him fed and his shelter maintained.

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