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Megascops barbarus

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Strigiformes
Familia: Strigidae
Subfamilia: Striginae
Genus: Megascops
Species: Megascops barbarus


Megascops barbarus (P.L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868)


Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London Pt1 p.56

Vernacular names
Deutsch: Tropfen-Kreischeule
English: Bearded Screech-owl, Santa Barbara Screech-owl

The Bearded Screech-owl (Megascops barbarus) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in Guatemala and Mexico.

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.


Adults have a length of 16 to 20 cm and weigh about 70 g. The ear tufts are very small. There is a light brown and reddish-brown morph. The face veil is light with a thin dark border. The top has brown, white and black spots, the spots on the upper mantle are a strong white. The shoulder feathers have black-fringed whitish outer flags. The chest has a thick brown and yellow-brown banding. Flanks and belly are white and show dark shaft streaks. The barrel is feathered. The wings extend beyond the short tail. The iris is yellow. The beak is greenish-gray. The toes are pink-gray. Representatives of the reddish-brown patterned morphs are less strong and the markings on the top and bottom are reddish brown. Their call is a short fast trills 3:00 to 5:00 seconds duration, its volume increases at the beginning and end abruptly drops.


* BirdLife International 2004. Megascops barbarus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.

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