There are three variations of the Spotted Owl, only one of which (the Mexican) lives in Colorado. The other two are the Northern Spotted Owl (which claims the Pacific Northwest for its home) and the California Spotted Owl (I'm not going to bother explaining that one). If you're interested in reading more about Human-habitat-owl interactions, I recommend Googling the Barred Owl and the Spotted Owl and checking out the dynamic between those two species in the Pacific Northwest.
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Along the way of researching owl eye colors, I learned more cool things about my eyes than I know what to do with. For instance, I've always known that both my upper and lower eyelids move when I blink, but I didn't know that owls are the only raptors that do this (all the other raptors just blink with just one lid). I also learned why my beak is so low on my face compared to other raptors: owls' eyes are so big that if our beaks were any higher they would get in the way of our eyesight!
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