This owl is nocturnal and can be seen being active after dusk until dawn. It preys upon small mammals like mice, possums, skunks, insects, birds and frogs, among others. They are found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in dense tropical rainforests, dry forests, savannahs with trees, plantations and open areas with few trees. They lay 1-2 eggs in nests in tree hollows. This owl is not generally a commonly found owl, but is more commonly seen in areas like Costa Rica and the Amazon. A major threat to this owl is habitat loss and forest fragmentation.