Birds of Colombia

    STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae (Owls)  
Genus: Megascops (9 species, 24 worldwide)

Genus Megascops, Screech Owls, are small owls, around 24 cm., which stay hidden during the day, and are usually only heard at night.


White-throated Screech Owl
White-throated Screech Owl (Megascops albogularis)
Reserva Yanacocha, Pichincha, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Angus Pritchard   © All Rights Reserved.


Choco Screech Owl
Choco Screech Owl (Megascops centralis)
Valle de Cauca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Split from the [Vermiculated Screech Owl] because of vocalization differences (shorter song). The two species split is somewhere in central Panama. Lacking black border to facial disk seen on [Tropical Screech Owl] (if you see one without hearing it).


Tropical Screech Owl
Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba)
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Widespread and common, and best identified by black border to facial disk, and the rising final note in song.
A grey and a rufous owl at a typical roost site.
Daytime shot from back.

Bare-shanked Screech Owl
Bare-shanked Screech Owl (Megascops clarkii)
Cartago, Prusia, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by Jorge Obando Gutierrez   © Copyrighted, All Rights Reserved.

Bare-shanked Screech Owl
Bare-shanked Screech Owl (Megascops clarkii)
San Gerardo da Dota, Costa Rica  
   
Photograph by George Scott Photography   © All Rights Reserved.


Santa Marta Screech Owl
Santa Marta Screech Owl (Megascops gilesi) Vulnerable ENDEMIC
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Only recently discovered and finally described in 2017. Found around 2000m. in the Santa Marta Sierra Nevada.

Rufescent Screech Owl
Rufescent Screech Owl (Megascops ingens)
Manu, Peru  
   
Photograph by Joel N. Rosenthal   © All Rights Reserved.

Rufescent Screech Owl
Rufescent Screech Owl (Megascops ingens colombianus)
Tandayapa Bird Lodge, Ecuador
  A 'Colombian Screech Owl' now lumped with the Rufescent Screech Owl. Note dark eyes.
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

In IOC 9.1 the dark-eyed Colombian Screech Owl was merged with this species. Found locally around 1500m. Not too vocal. Rufescent.

Cinnamon Screech Owl
Cinnamon Screech Owl (Megascops petersoni)
Owlet Lodge, Abra Patricia, San Martín, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Found on the eastern Andean slope on southeast Ecuador and northeast Peru. Also recorded in a few spots in northern Ecuador and Colombia. Note lack of white on belly (Ridgely).

Foothill Screech Owl
Foothill Screech Owl (Megascops roraimae roraimae)
Brownsberg Nature Park, Brokopondo, Suriname
  This subspecies was once called the Roraiman Screech Owl.
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Tawny-bellied Screech Owl
Tawny-bellied Screech Owl (Megascops watsonii)
Manu, Peru  
   
Photograph by Joel N. Rosenthal   © All Rights Reserved.

Note dark border to facial disk similar to Tropical Screech Owl, but note tawny chest. The subspecies south of the Amazon is darker and has a brown and rufous morph (HBW).


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