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Jamaican Owl Pseudoscops grammicus

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The Jamaican Owl is a unique owl endemic to the island of Jamaica and is the only species in the genus Pseudoscops. An unmistakable bird, with jet-black eyes, conspicuous ear-tufts, and a rufous overall coloration, the Jamaican Owl can be found in open woodland, forest edge, open parkland, and even gardens. Considering its size, it specializes in surprisingly small prey, and feeds mainly on insects, especially beetles, but will also feed on lizards, tree frogs and small rodents. Despite its small range, the Jamaican Owl's population is believed to be stable and consequently has not been placed on any threatened species lists, but more work needs to be done on this species' population biology.

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Recommended Citation

Jamaican Owl (Pseudoscops grammicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/jamowl1