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Puerto Rican Screech-Owl Megascops nudipes

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Goodson, Chloe
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Diet and Foraging

Diet

Puerto Rican Screeh-Owl is primarily insectivorous, but also regularly consumes small vertebrates. Wetmore (1916) examined the contents of five stomachs, which contained primarily arthropods, including roaches, crickets, grasshoppers, a mantis, a mole cricket, beetles, weevils, moths and caterpillars, and scorpions. Four of the stomachs also contained lizards, and two of the stomachs contained birds (an American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla and a Black-faced Grassquit Tiaris bicolor).

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

Goodson, Chloe. 2014. Puerto Rican Screech-Owl (Megascops nudipes), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.prsowl.01