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Tumbes Screech Owl ~ Megascops pacificus


The Tumbes Screech Owl is a small owl with short, pointed ear-tufts. It is also known as the Coastal Screech Owl. This species is not currently recognised by the International Ornithological Congress, who consider it a sub-species of the Peruvian Screech Owl Megascops roboratus.

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  • Tumbes Screech Owl
  • Tumbes Screech Owl
  • Tumbes Screech Owl


Distribution: Western Ecuador and northwest Peru

Range of Tumbes Screech Owl (Megascops pacificus)
Range of the Tumbes Screech Owl Megascops pacificus

Status: Uncertain, probably not rare.

Original Description: Hekstra, Gerrit P. 1982. Bulletin Zoologisch Museum, Universiteit van Amsterdam, vol. 9, no. 7, p. 49-63 [p. 58 (3.18)].

References: (may contain affiliate links)
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.

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