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West Peruvian Screech Owl
Alternative name: Peruvian Screech-Owl
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.
This species is divided into two subspecies, pacificus on the western side of the Andes, and roboratus between western and central Andes. These two subspecies have sometimes been considered two separate species: Coastal Screech Owl (Megascops pacificus) and West Peruvian Screech-Owl (Megascops roboratus).
Semi-open landscapes with hollow old trees.
The diet includes insects, reptiles, small mammals such as bats and mice and other small birds.
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