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Puerto Rican Screech-Owl Megascops nudipes

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Chloe Goodson



Puerto Rican Screech-Owl is nocturnal. The general behaviors probably is similar to that of other species North American screech-owls (Megascops), but has not been studied in detail.


The little information that is available indicates that Puerto Rican Screech-Owl have small home ranges; two marked individuals occupied areas of 2.3 and 4.5 ha (Gannon et al. 1993).

Sexual Behavior

Undescribed; presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Puerto Rican Screech-Owl is solitary or in pairs.


No reports of predation on Puerto Rican Screech-Owl?

Recommended Citation

Goodson, C. (2014). Puerto Rican Screech-Owl (Megascops nudipes), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.