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Black-capped Screech Owl ~ Megascops atricapillus


The Black-capped Screech Owl is a small owl with prominent ear-tufts. It is also known as the Variable Screech Owl.

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Distribution: Northeast Brazil almost to the Uruguay border, and from eastern Paraguay to northern Argentina.

Status: Locally common, but threatened by forest destruction.

Original Description: Temminck, Coenraed Jacob & Laugier de Chartrouse, (Baron) Meiffren. 1822. Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d'oiseau pour servir de suite et de complément aux planches enluminées de Buffon, livraison 25, pl. 145.

König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.

See also: Other owls from South America, Genus: Megascops.

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2015-10-14.