Pacific screech owl

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Pacific screech owl
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Megascops
Species: M. cooperi
Binomial name
Megascops cooperi
(Ridgway, 1878)
Synonyms

Otus cooperi (Ridgway, 1878)

The Pacific screech owl (Megascops cooperi) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family. It is found in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and heavily degraded former forest.[1]

It is strictly nocturnal, preying mostly on large insects (such as moths, beetles, scorpions) along with the occasional small rodent.

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