Rufescent Screech-Owl (Megascops ingens)

Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae IUCN Status: Least Concern

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

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

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

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Age: Juveniles | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru


Identification & Behavior: ~26.5 cm (10.4 in). The Rufescent Screech-Owl has gray and rufous color morphs. The upperparts are dusky brown. The underparts are vermiculated and can be brownish or rufous. The iris is always dark. It has a pale nuchal collar, vestigial ear-tufts, and no black facial discs. It is similar to the Cinnamon Screech-Owl, but these species are likely to overlap only within the limited range of the Cinnamon Screech-Owl. The Rufescent Screech-Owl is less rufous-cinnamon, lacks the black or dusky facial discs, and generally ranges at lower elevations. The voice, elevation, and range should be considered for proper identification.

Status: The Rufescent Screech-Owl is uncommon in the humid montane forest of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1000-2300 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Lechuza Rojiza.

Sub-species: Rufescent Screech-Owl (Megascops ingens ingens), Salvin, 1897.

Meaning of Name: Megascops: Gr. Megas, megale= large, great and scops= an owl. ingens: L. ingens,ingentis=  enormous, huge, great.

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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.