Pacific Screech-Owl

Megascops cooperi

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

PASO

Code 6

MEGCOO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Pacific Screech-Owl has a fairly small range of around 237,000 square kilometers. It occurs in tropical dry forests and semi-open habitats from parts of southern Oaxaca south to western Costa Rica. The global population of this owl species is estimated at 20,000-49,999 individuals, it is common in most of its range, and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Pacific Screech-Owl: Small owl with mottled brown-gray upperparts, some white markings in wings, fine streaks on white underparts. Gray-buff facial disk, small ear tufts. Yellow eyes, bill olive-yellow. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred.


Range and Habitat

Pacific Screech-Owl: Found in the Chiapas region of southeast Mexico, range stretches south along west Central America to northwest Costa Rica. Habitat includes semi-open land, dry woodland, lakeside and second growth fields, swampy forests and mangrove edges.

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Pacific Screech-Owl SONGS AND CALLS

Pacific Screech-Owl H1

Primary call is a rapid "pu-pu-pu-pu-PU-PU-pu-pu" that rises then drops in pitch.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pu-pu-pu-PU-PU-pu-pu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • Pacific Screech-Owls are strictly nocturnal and prey on insects and occasionally small rodents.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

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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