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Pacific Screech-Owl

Megascops cooperi


2 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca 5 years ago
Pacific Screech-Owl
Megascops cooperi Pacific Screech-Owl Megascops cooperi

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bayucca 5 years ago

Definitely a screech-owl and my closest guess is Megascops cooperi, formerly also called Otus cooperi ans sometimes considered as part of the Otus asia group. My arguments are the typical range of northern Pacific lowlands and foothills and/or into the Cordillera de Guanacaste, the dustinctive "horns" (so it is probably not the Vermiculated Screech-Owl) and the not so distinctive black ring besides the head, which would be more Megascops choliba, the Tropical Sreech-Owl. For that the range would anyway be more the southern part of the Pacific slope. I am wondering, what other folks think about Megascops cooperi...
Probably the best match:
Megascops guatemalae for comparison:
Note also the shorter ears.

Spotted by

Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.63, Long: -85.44

Spotted on Jan 17, 2014
Submitted on May 26, 2014

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