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Vermiculated Screech Owl
(Redirected from Megascops centralis)
This and almost all Screech Owls in the Americas have previously been considered to belong in the same genus (Otus) as the European and Asian Scops-Owls, but a reassignment to Megascops have been accepted by among other authorities, the American Ornithologists' Union.
There are 6 subspecies in this taxon:
Some authors splits this taxon into four species. Especially contentious is Choco Screech Owl (Megascops centralis) Hekstra, 1982, which some considers a full species and others feel is a synonym of vermiculatus and therefore not a valid subspecies.
Lowlands and foothills to between 1200 m and 1800 m including sides of Tepuis, in humid dense forest often with many epiphytes.
The diet includes. as well as insects, most like small vertebrates too.
They nests in tree cavity or old nest hole of other bird. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which are laid during March and April.
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