Foothill Screech-Owl (Megascops roraimae)

Order: Strigiformes | Family: Strigidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. San Martin, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonas, Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes, Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~21 cm (8.2 in). The Foothill Screech-Owl has gray and rufous color morphs. The iris is always Amber. It does not have a pale nuchal collar. The facial discs are fringed with gray. It has conspicuous white spots on the folded wing coverts. Both Rufescent Screech-Owl and Tawny-bellied Screech-Owl have dark and brown iris. The Tropical Screech-Owl has facial discs fringed with black and is larger. The voice, elevation, and range should be considered for proper identification.

Status: The Foothill Screech-Owl is uncommon within a narrow band of 600-1700 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Lechuza Submontana.

Sub-species: Foothill Screech-Owl (Megascops roaraimae), Chapman, 1928.

Meaning of Name: Megascops: Gr. Megas, megale= large, great and scops= an owl. roraimae: originating from or in reference to the mountains of Roraima or Cerro Roraima, British Guiana, Guyana, and Venezuela.

Formerly known as Megascops guatemalae napensis (2018).

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.