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Koepcke's Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae

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


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There is very little information on the breeding biology of Koepcke's Screech-Owl. At least in south central Peru, breeding occurs in February-March, the local wet season (Fjeldså et al. 2012). Presumably this species typically nests in cavities in trees. The only reported nest, however, was in a cavity 3 m above the ground in a 4 m tall roadcut (Fjeldså et al. 2012). The opening of the hole was oval shaped, ca 30 cm high and 70 cm wide, and 1 m deep, tapering to a chamber that was ca 20 cm high and 40 cm wide (Fjeldså et al. 2012). The nest contained one adult and two downy nestlings (Fjeldså et al. 2012).

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