Balsas Screech-Owl Megascops seductus

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Sarah Egan



Balsas Screech-Owl is nocturnal, like other species of screech-owl. There is very little information on the behavior of Balsas Screech-Owl, although no doubt most aspects of its behavior are similar to those of congeners. Alba-Zúñiga et al. (2009) note that the highest frequency of vocalizations in Balsas Screech-Owls during the dry season occurs in October and the lowest frequency in February; they used these data to evaluate habitat use. However, they also acknowledged the possibility that, like many owls, vocalizations may change seasonally and with environmental conditions.


Although no specific information about territoriality is available, a study of Balsas Screech-Owl spontaneous calling and response to call playback in the Sierra de Huautla Biosphere Reserve, Morelos, Mexico estimated a density of 6.7 owl km2 during the dry season (October to April) (Alba-Zúñiga et al. 2009).

Sexual Behavior

No information available; probably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Balsas Screech-Owl generally is solitary or in pairs.


No reports of predation on Balsas Screech-Owl?

Recommended Citation

Egan, S. (2014). Balsas Screech-Owl (Megascops seductus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.