- Megascops albogularis
26cm - dark-faced owl with relatively long tail.
Mantle and crown dark reddish brown to almost blackish depending on subspecies and geography; usually with small white and black spots but no large white spots on shoulder. Face similar in color to upperparts, with whitish eye-brow and markings below the bill but no contrasting rim. Underside gradually paler going back with basal color varying from buffy orange to whitish and vent area may be unmarked.
- M. a. obscurus
- M. a. macabrus
- M. a. albogularis
- M. a. meridensis
- Andes of western Venezuela
- M. a. remotus
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.
Mainly rainforest and cloudforest; in elevations close to the timberline also in more open habitats. Does show a preference for areas with epiphytes and with bamboo clumps. 2000-3000 m asl, and less frequently about 7-800 m to either side of that range.
The diet includes insects, and other arthropods, and to a lesser extent reptiles, small mammals such as bats and mice and small birds.
Breeding poorly known, but may either happen at all times of year or vary geographically
- 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/
- Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
- 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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