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Koepcke's Screech-Owl - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mark Harper
Near Leymebamba, Peru, 16 August 2023
Megascops koepckeae

Otus koepckeae


Dark grey with short ear tufts. Eyes are yellow.


Two separate populations in Peru and Bolivia; however, a recent report doubts that it occurs in Bolivia[2].


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.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • M. k. koepckeae:
  • West slope of Andes of Peru from Lambayeque to Lima, and Marañón valley in Amazonas
  • M. k. hockingi:
  • inter-Andean valleys of central Peru


Occurs in woodland at high elevation from temperate zone and above up to 4500 m asl. Polylepis is one of the woodland types containing this owl.


Nocturnal, roosting during the day. Habits are poorly known.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum thread discussing taxonomy and range of Koepcke's Screech-Owl
  3. 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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