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Bearded Screech Owl ~ Megascops barbarus


The Bearded Screech Owl is a very small owl with short ear-tufts. It is also known as the Bridled Screech Owl or Santa Barbara Screech Owl.

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Distribution: Chiapas, Mexico to central Guatemala.

Range of Bearded Screech Owl (Megascops barbarus)
Range of the Bearded Screech Owl Megascops barbarus

Status: Listed as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Sclater, Philip Lutley, & Salvin, Osbert. 1868. Proceedings of the Scientific Meetings of the Zoological Society of London for the Year 1868, pt. 1, p. 56-57.

References: (may contain affiliate links)
BirdLife International. 2020. "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN.
International Ornithological Congress. 2023. "IOC World Bird List - Owls".
König, Claus & Weick, Friedhelm. 2008. "Owls: A Guide to the Owls of the World (Second Edition)". Yale University Press.
Megascops barbarus at Xeno-canto.

See also: Other owls from North America, Central America, Genus: Megascops.

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