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Koepcke's Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published February 5, 2016


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The behavior of Koepcke's Screech-Owl is virtually unknown. It is nocturnal, like other species of screech-owl. They vocalize frequently (Fjeldså et al. 2012). Day roosts are in holes in trees, or in cavities in large masses of epiphytic bromeliads (Fjeldså et al. 2012).


Koepcke's Screech-Owl reacts readily to audio playback of its vocalizations, and so presumably is territorial (Fjeldså et al. 2012), but there otherwise are no data on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity, or for territory or home range size, for this species.

Sexual Behavior

Little information, but Koepcke's Screech-Owl usually is in pairs (Fjeldså et al. 2012), and so presumably is at least socially monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

Koepcke's Screech-Owl usually is in pairs, which maintain frequent vocal contact (Fjeldså et al. 2012).


No reports of predation on Koepcke's Screech-Owl?

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2016). Koepcke's Screech-Owl (Megascops koepckeae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.koesco1.01