Montane Forest Screech-Owl Megascops hoyi

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Also known as the Hoy’s Screech Owl, in commemoration (like the scientific name) of the Norwegian-born ornithologist who emigrated to Argentina following the Second World War, where he worked at a natural history museum in Salta. The Montane Forest Screech-Owl is found over a relatively small range in the mountains of southern Bolivia to northwest Argentina, usually at elevations between 1000 and 2800 m, and is sometimes thought to be a subspecies of the Black-capped Screech-Owl (Megascops atricapilla). This screech-owl is predicted to make altitudinal movements, descending to lower elevations in the austral winter, and the species seems to be reasonably numerous, at least locally. Most of its range is reasonably remote and therefore to some extent protected.

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

Recommended Citation

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