Cloud-forest Screech-Owl Megascops marshalli


Named for the modern-day student of nightbirds, especially their vocalizations, Joe T. Marshall, the Cloud-forest Screech-Owl is a relatively poorly known and apparently uncommon bird that what was long thought to be restricted to humid montane forest of central and southern Peru. However, the species has also been recently discovered in western Bolivia. It is a rather small screech-owl, with unusual, dark irides, reddish-colored facial discs with a black rim, heavy white spotting over the lower breast and belly, and a prominent white scapular line. Its song is similar to that of the Cinnamon Screech-Owl (Megascops petersoni), which species it is suspected to replace in central Peru, and to that of the Rufescent Screech-Owl (Megascops ingens), albeit lower pitched than the latter.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Cloud-forest Screech-Owl (Megascops marshalli), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: