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Koepcke's Screech-Owl Megascops koepckeae

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


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Koepcke's Screech-Owl has a large geographic range, and the population trend, while not quantified, is believed to be stable; consequently its IUCN Red List conservation status is rated as Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016).

The relative abundance of Koepcke's Screech-Owl is suggested to be "common in many places" (Fjeldså et al. 2012).

Effects of human activity on populations

Koecke's Screech-Owl presumably is a cavity nester, and so potentially is vulnerable to loss or degradation of forests throughout its range. Much of its range, however, already is seriously degraded, especially in south central Peru, yet this screech-owl survives and even can be common, "provided some trees remain for roosting and perching, and holes in trees or banks for nesting" (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