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Puerto Rican Screech-Owl Megascops nudipes

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

Diet and Foraging


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, 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.