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Pacific Screech-Owl Megascops cooperi

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Formerly in the genus Otus, the Pacific Screech-Owl can be found within its range in dry woodland, semi-open country, second-growth and lakeside fields. Even though this species has a relatively small contiguous range, there are three subspecies of Pacific Screech-Owl that are recognized. Strictly nocturnal, this species is rarely seen or heard during the day. A small owl, the Pacific Screech-Owl feeds mainly on insects, including beetles, katydids, moths, and scorpions, but it has also been know to hunt small rodents. Cavity nesters, the Pacific Screech-Owl often takes over old woodpecker cavities for their nests.

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

Recommended Citation

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