Bearded Screech-Owl

Megascops barbarus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

BESO

Code 6

MEGBAR

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

3 - 4



Incubation Days:

20



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

In tree cavities, ususally an abanded woodpecker nest.



Nest Material:

No material added to nest.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Bearded Screech-Owl: Small owl with mottled brown and buff upperparts, some white spots in wings, and course streaks and barring on white underparts. Facial disk mottled brown-tan with indistinct dark rim, no ear tufts. Eyes are yellow, bill is live-gray. Barred, rounded wings project beyond barred tail. Bare, pink feet. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Bearded Screech-Owl: Found in the highlands of southern Mexico in the state of Chiapas and in northern Guatemala. Resides in montane forests with a temperate humid climate, such as cloud forest, highland pine and mixed pine-oak forest, from 1,400 to 2,500 meters in elevation.

Breeding and Nesting

Bearded Screech-Owl: Three to four white eggs are laid in a tree cavity, usually an abandoned woodpecker hole. The eggs are incubated by the female for 20 or more days, and the breeding season is from April to June.

Foraging and Feeding

Bearded Screech-Owl: Forages for scorpions, moths, crickets, caterpillars, and other insects by waiting on a low perch at night, and then swooping to the ground to catch prey with its bill or talons.

Vocalization

Bearded Screech-Owl: Territorial call is a rapid and short trill which increases in volume. Also makes a soft "hu" call. Male calls are lower in pitch.

Similar Species

Bearded Screech-Owl: Whiskered Screech-Owl has heavily feathered legs and feet, and less prominent eyebrows.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X