Vermiculated Screech-Owl

Megascops vermiculatus




Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4


Code 6




Vermiculated Screech-Owl Head Illustration.jpg
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Yellow
  • Head pattern: Plain, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Rufous morph has a rusty orange crown with dark spotting. Brown morph has a light grayish brown crown with dark spotting.
  • Forehead Color: Facial disk in rufous morph is the same rusty orange as the crown with a indistinct thin dark border. Forehead is also the same color. Facial disk in brown morph is a somewhat lighter brown with a darker brown border. Forehead is the same color as the crown.
  • Nape Color: Rufous morph is rusty orange brown morph is gray-brown.
  • Throat Color: Rufous or grayish brown.
  • Cere color: Gray



Vermiculated Screech-Owl Body Illustration.jpg
  • Length Range: 20-23 cm (7.9-9 in)
  • Weight: 91-128 g (3.2-4.5 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown, Rufous or Rust, Buff
  • Underparts: Cream with streaking and mottling.
  • Upperparts: Rufous with little patterning or grayish brown with heavy mottling.
  • Back Pattern: Barred or banded, Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked, Mottled
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked, Mottled


Vermiculated Screech-Owl Flight Illustration.jpg
  • Flight Pattern: Mothlike flight.
  • Wingspan Range: 36-41 cm (14-16 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail, Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Cream barring against brown or rufous overall color.
  • Upper Tail: Cream barring against brown or rufous overall color.
  • Under Tail: Cream barring against brown or rufous overall color.
  • Leg Color: Covered in cream feathers.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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