Balsas Screech-Owl

Autillo del Balsas

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

BASO

Code 6

MEGSED

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Balsas Screech-Owl has a fairly small range of around 118,000 square kilometers. Endemic to southern Mexico, it occurs in arid forests and semi-open habitats in the foothills of the Balsas River drainage. The global population of this owl species is estimated at 13,300 - 32,700 individuals and populations are believed to be in decline because of habitat destruction in its limited range. Because of these factors, the Balsas Screech-Owl has been given a conservation rating of Near Threatened.

SUMMARY

Overview

Balsas Screech-Owl: Small but hefty owl with mottled brown-gray upperparts, some white markings in wings, fine streaks and barring on underparts. Brown-tan facial disk with prominent dark rim. Small ear tufts. Brown eyes, bill is olive-green. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred.

 

Range and Habitat

Balsas Screech-Owl: Resident of southwest Mexico from southern Jalisco to Colima and Guerrero. Found in thorny woodlands and arid open to semi-open areas with scattered shrubs and trees, cactus or mesquite. Occurs at elevations between 600-1,500 meters. Also found along the edges of agricultural land.

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Balsas Screech-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Balsas Screech-Owl E1

Song is a series of gruff notes which speed up to become a trill, "bok-bok-bokbokbobobrrrrr".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hooh-hooh-hooh", "book-book-bokbokbobobrrrrrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • The Balsas Screech-Owl is not globally threatened, but it is considered threatened in Mexico.
  • This species of owl is endemic to Mexico.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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