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Megascops seductus

Otus seductus



  • Brown iris
  • White marking round face
  • Cross barring on chest streaks and ear tufts.

Larger and heavier than both Eastern Screech-Owl and Oaxaca Screech-Owl which are found nearby; these other two species have yellow eyes


Found in south-west Mexico (southern Jalisco and Colima to western Guerrero)


This species has either no[1] or two[2] recognized subspecies, colimensis and seductus. This species was at one time assigned to a complex also containing both Eastern Screech-Owl and Western Screech-Owl but considered closer to the latter.

This and almost all Screech-Owls in the Americas have previously been considered to belong in the same genus (Otus) as the European and Asian scops-owls, but a reassignment to Megascops have been accepted by among other authorities, the American Ornithologists' Union.


Dry thorn forest as well as more open dry areas with scattered trees.


Nocturnal, but otherwise poorly known.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Owling.com
  4. König, C. and F. Weick 2008. Owls of the World, second edition. Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 978-0-7136-6548-2

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