An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America


Owls are well known predators of the night, and are found worldwide. Owls are grouped into two families: Barn Owls and all of the other owls.

Tropical Screech Owl
Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba)
ProAves Blue-billed Curassow Reserve, Puerto Pinzon, Boyaca, Colombia

Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl
Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nubicola)
ProAves Tangaras Reserve, El Carmen de Atrato, Choco, Colombia
Pygmy Owls are diurnal, meaning they are active in the day (and may also be active at night).

Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Davie, Florida, USA
Burrowing Owls are diurnal and families nest in burrows in open areas.

Spectacled Owl
Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)
Parque das Aves, Foz do Iguazu, Brazil
A common species in tropical lowlands.

Santa Marta Screech Owl
Santa Marta Screech Owl (Megascops gilesi)
ProAves El Dorado Reserve, Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Magdalena, Colombia

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