Thursday, December 28, 2017

Pacific Screech-Owl

The first creature we saw on 8 July 2017 at the Ensenada Lodge was a Pacific Screech-Owl asleep in a tree within the lodge grounds. I am not sure how our guides found it for us—perhaps via hotel workers. These birds are not often seen in the day. These owls are found along the Pacific Coast from southern Mexico to northwestern Costa Rica. Interestingly, they are not closely related to our screech-owls, and are in a different genus—Megascops rather than Otus. In any event, they are found in dry woodland and secondary growth, and survive on arthropods and small rodents (Cornell).

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  1. Both Eastern and Western Screech-Owls are now in Megascops with the Pacific Screech-Owl.