Balsas Screech-Owl Megascops seductus

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

Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status for Balsas Screech-Owl is Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2014) due to its moderately small range (a distribution of 90,700 km2; BirdLife International 2014) and the threats it faces. It is considered Threatened under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). This is also a species of high concern to Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49% of its population has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Balsas Screech-Owl faces heightened risk because of its specialization on threatened tropical deciduous forest habitats. The primary threat to this species is loss of this habitat type due to unsustainable logging, wood harvesting, clearing for agriculture, and livestock grazing.

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. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.basowl.01