Bearded Screech-Owl

Megascops barbarus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

BESO

Code 6

MEGBAR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Vulnerable

The Bearded Screech-Owl has a small range of 18,400 square kilometers. This includes humid pine-oak and cloud forest habitats between 1800 and 2500 meters elevation in the highland of central Chiapas and Guatemala. The global population is estimated at 20,000-49,999 individuals. Populations are believed to be in decline because of modification and destruction of its habitat. Because of these factors, the Bearded Screech-Owl has been given a conservation rating of Vulnerable.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bearded Screech-Owl: Small owl with mottled brown and buff upperparts, some white spots in wings, course streaks and barring on white underparts. Mottled brown-tan facial disk with indistinct dark rim. No ear tufts. Yellow eyes, bill is olive-gray. Rounded wings and tail are barred.

 

Range and Habitat

Bearded Screech-Owl: Found in the highlands of southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas and in northern Guatemala. Resides in montane forests with a temperate humid climate, such as cloud forest, highland pine and mixed pine-oak forest, from 1,400 to 2,500 meters in elevation.

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Bearded Screech-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Bearded Screech-Owl E1

Song is a rapid trill that lasts 3 to 5 seconds.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • The Bearded Screech-Owl is the smallest and rarest screech-owl in North America.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

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Chris Vest

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
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