Tropical Screech-Owl Megascops choliba

  • Order: Strigiformes
  • Family: Strigidae
  • Polytypic: 9 subspecies
  • Authors: Gaelyn Ong


Conservation Status

The conservation status of the Tropical Screech-Owl is assessed as of Least Concern. This species has a very large geographic distribution, and often is common within its range.

Effects of human activity on populations

The Tropical Screech-Owl may be affected by local human persecution and the use of pesticides. Traffic mortality may be a risk factor, since this species sometimes hunts by the sides of roads.

Deforestation is a potentially beneficial factor to this species because it provides clearings and secondary growth, which are suitable habitat.

Recommended Citation

Ong, G. (2011). Tropical Screech-Owl (Megascops choliba), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.