Birds of Colombia

    STRIGIFORMES: Strigidae (Owls)  
Genus: Megascops (10 species, 26 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)
Yanacocha, Pichincha, Ecuador  
Photograph by Lev Frid   © All Rights Reserved.

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Choco Screech Owl (Megascops centralis)

Split from the [Vermiculated Screech Owl] because of vocalization differences. Lacking black border to facial disk seen on [Tropical Screech Owl], and has a much different call. The two species split is somewhere in central Panama.

Tropical Screech Owl
Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba)
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia  

Widespread and common, and best identified by black border to facial disk, and the rising final note in song.
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.

Colombian Screech Owl
Colombian Screech Owl (Megascops colombianus) Near Threatened
  Note dark eyes.
Photograph by Manakin Nature Tours - Luis Urueña   © All Rights Reserved.

Soon to be merged with the [Rufescent Screech Owl]. Note dark eyes. Found locally around 1500m. Not vocal.

Santa Marta Screech Owl
Santa Marta Screech Owl (Megascops gilesi) ENDEMIC
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia  

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.

Napo Screech Owl
Napo Screech Owl (Megascops napensis)
Loreto, Orellana Province, Ecuador  
Photograph by Eric Gropp     Copyright and usage info

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).

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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