Peruvian Screech-Owl (Megascops roboratus)

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

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

peruvian_screech-owl
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

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Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southwest Ecuador


Identification & Behavior: ~19.5 cm (7 in). The Peruvian Screech-Owl has gray and reddish color morphs. All color morphs have a yellow iris. The length of the ear tufts is variable. It has a pale nuchal collar. It is the only screech-owl in the semi-deciduous forests of Northwest Peru. It is very similar to the Koepcke’s Screech-Owl but is distinguished by ranging at lower elevations, having a nuchal collar, smaller size, and less prominent marking on the belly. The voice, elevation, and range should be considered for proper identification.

Status: The Peruvian Screech-Owl is restricted to elevations below 1000 m in the semi-deciduous forests of the northwestern lowlands and part of the Marañon Drainage. It also occurs in Ec.

Name in Spanish: Lechuza Peruana.

Sub-species: Peruvian Screech-Owl (Megascops roboratus pacificus), Hekstra, 1982. SW Ecuador and extreme NW Peru (S to Lambayeque).
(M. r. roboratus), Bangs and Noble, 1918. Extreme S Ecuador and NW Peru between W & C Andes (drainage of R Chinchipe and R Marañón).

Meaning of Name: Megascops: Gr. Megas, megale= large, great and scops= an owl. In reference of Old World generally eared owls. roboratus: L. roboratus= strong.

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Distribution Map
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References:

    • 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 08/01/2015.