Bearded Screech-Owl Megascops barbarus

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Paula L. Enríquez

Demography and Populations


There are records that this owl can live at least four years (e.g., a female captured as an adult in July 1998 and recaptured in August 2001). Another female lived at least 2.67 years (captured in July 1997 and recaptured in January 1999).

Population regulation

The number of owls varies spatially in the highlands of Chiapas, where they are found in humid montane forests, but also are recorded in disturbed habitats of pine but associated with pristine environments . This species has also been recorded perching during the day at forest edge (Enriquez and Cheng 2007).

Recommended Citation

Enríquez, P. L. (2011). Bearded Screech-Owl (Megascops barbarus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.