Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba crucigerus)

Aripo Livestock Station, Trinidad

June 19, 2012

Tropical Screech Owl

Nancy took this picture while on a night excursion, on a trip led by Brian Rapoza for the Tropical Audubon Society to Trinidad and Tobago.

This is one of at least nine subspecies of Tropical Screech Owl. Like other screech owls, this is a small owl, about nine inches long, with a 6½-inch wing, and weighing about 4½ ounces. Both sexes look the same. They can be found in wooded habitats, sometimes venturing into open shrubby fields and gardens. Their range includes Costa Rica and Panama in Central America, and most of South America east of the Andes and as far south as Uruguay and northern Argentina (including Trinidad and Tobago).

Tropical Screech Owls are nocturnal, foraging from a low-level perch and capturing prey on the ground, on branches, or in the air. They eat mostly insects, but ⅓ of their diet is small vertibrates like frogs, lizards, rodents, and even birds and bats.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 400mm. Off-camera flash was used. Camera was on f/8 for 1/500 sec at ISO 800.

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