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 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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