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Bearded Screech-Owl - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Santa Barbara Screech-Owl

Megascops barbarus

Otus barbarus


15-17cm. It occurs in two distinct colour phases, rufous and brown

  • Small ear tufts
  • Bright pink feet
  • Yellow eyes
  • Yellow-grey bill with a horn coloured tip.


Montane forests of Southern Mexico (Chiapas) to Guatemala.


This is a monotypic species[1]

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.


Humid pine and oak forests and cloudforests from about 5,000 to 8,000 ft.




The diet includes large insects.


It nests in tree cavities and 5-6 eggs are laid.


A very soft toot or hu.


  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. Owling.com

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