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Alternative name: Cuban Screech-Owl
Underside is pale with dark shaft streaks -- these may have drop-like shape. Upperside including back of head and crown darker brown, on adult with white spots especially on wings. There are no feather tufts that can be raised in alarm. Tail may be plain or more often barred. Legs lack feathering, eyes brown, bill yellowish.
Cuba and Isle of Pines.
Bare-legged Owl has previously been assigned to the genus Otus; it is currently the only member of the genus Gymnoglaux.
Two subspecies are recognized (but some sources lump them to one):
Nocturnal, feeding mainly on insects and other arthropods, more rarely vertebrates up to small birds; much of the food seeking happens on the ground. It stays during the day in caves, crevices, cavities, or in dense leaf-cover.
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