White-throated Screech-Owl (Megascops albogularis)

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

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

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

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. NW Peru, Piura

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Upper Manu Rd, Cuzco

Identification & Behavior: ~26 cm (10.2 in). The White-throated Screech-Owl is overall dusky with amber iris, white throat, and a rufous belly. Its plumage is distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other screech-owls but see the rare and range-restricted Cloud-forest Screech-Owl. The overall dusky color and white throat are diagnostics.

Status: The White-throated Screech-Owl occurs on the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1800-2,700 m. It also occurs in the humid montane forest of Piura and Cajamarca on the west slope of the Andes. The White-throated Screech-Owl also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Lechuza de Garganta Blanca.

Sub-species: White-throated Screech-Owl (Megascops albogularis macabrus), Bonaparte, 1850. C & W Andes from Colombia and Ecuador S to N Peru (Cajamarca region).
(M. a. remotus), J. Bond and Meyer de Schauensee, 1841. E Andes from Peru S to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).

Meaning of Name: Megascops: Gr. Megas, megale= large, great and scops= an owl. In reference of Old World generally eared owls. albogularis: L. albus, white; Mod. L. gularis throated, of the throat.

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