Vermiculated Screech-Owl

Megascops vermiculatus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

VESO

Code 6

MEGGUA

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

2 - 8



Incubation Days:

26 - 37



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:



Nest Material:

Unknown



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Vermiculated Screech-Owl: Small owl with fine mottled gray-brown or red-brown upperparts, some white markings in wings, and fine streaks and mottling on gray-brown or red-brown underparts. Facial disk mottled gray-brown with a limited, narrow black rim. Ear tufts are small. Eyes are yellow and bill is olive-gray. Short, rounded wings and tail are barred with buff. Gray, bare feet. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Vermiculated Owl: Distinct populations occur in parts of Mexico, Central and South America. May be treated as separate species. Resides in foothills and lowlands in humid tropical forests. May be found up to 3,300 feet in elevation.

Breeding and Nesting

Vermiculated Screech-Owl: Although little is known about the breeding biology of this species, it is assumed to be similar to the nesting habits of the Western Screech-Owl and other related screech-owl species. In these species, two to eight white eggs are laid in a cavity in a tree. Incubation is about 26 days and is done mostly by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Vermiculated Screech-Owl: This species mostly feeds on insects and other arthropods, and probably on occasional small vertebrates. It forages by perching at night, waiting for prey to appear on the ground or on vegetation, and swooping down to catch it with its talons.

Vocalization

Vermiculated Owl: Song is a long and rapid toad-like trill which fades toward the end. Females may respond with a high-pitched, shorter trill. "Khooo" calls may also be heard.

Similar Species

Vermiculated Screech-Owl: Balsas Screech-Owl has brown irises and lives in a different habitat.

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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
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X