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Koepcke's Screech Owl ~ Megascops koepckeae


Koepcke's Screech Owl is a small owl with short but distinct ear-tufts with dark shaft-streaks. It is also known as Maria Koepcke's Screech Owl.

Photo Gallery (3 pictures)

  • Koepcke's Screech Owl
  • Koepcke's Screech Owl
  • Koepcke's Screech Owl

Sound Gallery

Typical call - Sinsicap, La Libertad, Peru. October 2004. CC Dan Lane.


Distribution: Northwest to Southwest Puru. May also occur in West-central Bolivia.

Range of Koepcke's Screech Owl (Megascops koepckeae)
Range of the Koepcke's Screech Owl Megascops koepckeae

Status: Listed as 'Least Concern' by Birdlife International.

Original Description: Hekstra, Gerrit Paulus. 1982. Bulletin Zoologisch Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam, vol.9, no.7, p. 49-63 [p. 60 (11.9)].

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 koepckeae at Xeno-canto.

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

Page by Deane Lewis. Last updated 2020-10-22. Copyright Information.