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Megascops guatemalae

Megascops guatemalae (*)

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 guatemalae
Subspecies M. g. cassini - M. g. dacrysistactus - M. g. fuscus - M. g. guatemalae - M. g. hastatus - M. g. petenensis - M. g. pettingilli - M. g. thompsoni - M. g. tomlini


Megascops guatemalae (Sharpe, 1875)


Catalogue of Birds in the British Museum 2 p.112 pl.9

Vernacular names
English: Guatemalan Screech-owl

The Guatemalan Screech-owl (Megascops guatemalae), also known as the Middle American Screech-owl, is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in forests and dense second growth from Mexico to Costa Rica.[1][2][3] Some authorities include M. centralis and M. roraimae in M. guatemalae, but under the English name Vermiculated Screech-owl. When split, the name Vermiculated Screech-owl (M. vermiculatus) is sometimes used for the population in Costa Rica and Panama, but based on voices all in Panama appear to be M. centralis (with its short-trilled song), while populations in Costa Rica appear to be divided between M. centralis and M. guatemalae (with its long-trilled song).[1][2][3]

With a length of 20 to 23 centimetres (7.9 to 9.1 in), it is a smaller than most other screech-owls. Unlike other owls of the same genus, it has feathered feet. It is dimorphic, with one morph overall grayish-brown and the other overall rufous. The tail is relatively long for an owl, the underside has conspicuous longitudinal stripes and some horizontal stripes. Its face is surrounded by a dark feather edge and it has relatively short ear tufts. The eyes are yellow. The beak is pale olive-greenish in color.


Currently, the Guatemalan Screech-owl has seven recognized subspecies:[4]

* M. g. cassini (Ridgway, 1878)
* M. g. dacrysistactus (R. T. Moore & J. L. Peters, 1939)
* M. g. fuscus (R. T. Moore & J. L. Peters, 1939)
* M. g. guatemalae (Sharpe, 1875)
* M. g. hastatus Ridgway, 1887
* M. g. thompsoni (Cole, 1906)
* M. g. tomlini (R. T. Moore, 1937)


1. ^ a b Ridgely, R. S., & Greenfield, P. J. (2001). The Birds of Ecuador. Cornell University Press. ISBN 071366116X (vol. 1), ISBN 0713661178 (vol. 2).
2. ^ a b Hilty, S. L. (2003). Birds of Venezuela. 2nd edition. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-02131-7
3. ^ a b Robbins, M. B. (2001) Continue to recognize a broad Otus guatemalae (namely to include O. vermiculatus, O. napensis, O roraimae). South American Classification Committee. Accessed 25 January 2011.
4. ^ "Megascops guatemalae". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=686673. Retrieved 2010-12-28.

* BirdLife International 2004. Megascops guatemalae. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007.
* König, C., F. Weick & J.H. Becking (2008) Owls of the World. Christopher Helm, London, ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2

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