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Santa Marta Screech-Owl
Photo by Max1
Santa Marta mountains, Colombia, February 2016
Megascops gilesi


Medium sized Screech-Owl
Found in reddish or greyish brown morphs. This species is relatively weakly patterned with shaft streaks that are narrow and barring that is relatively indistinct. The ear-tufts are relatively small.

Similar species

Tropical Screech-Owl is the only congener known to occur in the same area. It is a bird of lower elevation and of drier habitat, and in addition it is more boldly patterned with a different voice.


Santa Marta mountains, northern Colombia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forests at elevations of 1800-2500 m asl.


Behavior is relatively unknown but assumed similar to other members of its genus Megascops.


A trill that consists of about 10 elements per second and lasts for about 2.4 seconds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2021. IOC World Bird List (v 11.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.11.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Kirwan, G. M. (2020). Santa Marta Screech-Owl (Megascops gilesi), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.samsco1.01
  4. Original paper describing Santa Marta Screech-Owl

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