Seeing Bearded Screech Owl in Guatemala with CAYAYA BIRDING

Bearded Screech Owl in Guatemala
Rufous morph Bearded Screech Owl Megascops barbarus the highlands of Guatemala.

Bearded Screech Owl (Megascops barbarus) is endemic to the Atlantic slope highlands of Guatemala and the neighboring Mexican state of Chiapas. It feeds on insects and vertebrates such as rodents and small birds.

Bearded Screech Owl with larvae
A rufous morph Bearded Screech Owl (Megascops barbarus) with insect larvae.

Bearded Screech Owl occurs locally. Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING have been studying Bearded Screech Owl since 2009. Based on a contribution by Knut Eisermann to BirdLife International about the current conservation status, Bearded Screech Owl was uplisted from Near Threatened to Vulnerable in the IUCN/BirdLife International Red List of worldwide threatened bird species in 2012.

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Photographs of Bearded Screech Owl seen during
CAYAYA BIRDING tours in Guatemala

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juvenile Bearded Screech Owl
Juvenile brown morph Bearded Screech Owl (Megascops barbarus) in the highlands of Guatemala.

Contributions by Knut Eisermann and Claudia Avendaño of CAYAYA BIRDING to the knowledge about Bearded Screech Owl

  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2018) An update on the inventory, distribution and residency status of bird species in Guatemala. Bulletin British Ornithologists' Club 138: 148-229.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2017) The owls of Guatemala. 447-515 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Enríquez, P. L., K. Eisermann, H. Mikkola & J. C. Motta-Junior (2017) A review of the systematics of Neotropical owls (Strigiformes). 7-19 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Neotropical owls: diversity and conservation. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2015) Los búhos de Guatemala. 381-434 in P. L. Enríquez (ed.) Los búhos neotropicales: diversidad y conservación. ECOSUR, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
  • Eisermann, K., C. Avendaño & P. Tanimoto (2013). Birds of the Cerro El Amay Important Bird Area, Quiché, Guatemala. Cotinga 35: 81-93.
  • Eisermann, K. (2011, in litt.) Conservation status of Bearded Screech-owl Megascops barbarus. Unpublished communication to BirdLife International. Proeval Raxmu, Coban, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. (Base for an upgrade from Near Threatened to Vulnerable in the IUCN/BirdLife International Red List of worldwide threatened bird species)
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Guatemala. Pp. 235-242 In: C. Devenish, D. F. Diaz Fernández, R. P. Clay, I. Davidson & I. Y. Zabala (eds.) Important Bird Areas Americas, priority sites for biodiversity conservation. BirdLife Conservation Series 16. Birdlife International, Quito, Ecuador.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2009) Conservation priority-setting in Guatemala through the identification of Important Bird Areas. Proceedings of the Fourth International Partners in Flight Conference, Tundra to Tropics: 315-327.
  • Eisermann, K. & C. Avendaño (2007) Lista comentada de las aves de Guatemala - Annotated checklist of the birds of Guatemala. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
  • More about our bird research in Guatemala.

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