Bearded Screech-owl Megascops barbarus

Family: Strigidae (Typical Owls)

Authority: (Sclater & Salvin, 1868)

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(i,ii,iii,v)

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Justification of Red List category
This species has been uplisted to Vulnerable because its range (extent of occurrence - EOO) has been more accurately calculated using new field data (K. Eisermann in litt. 2011); the bird is now known to have a small (9,780 km2) range, within which its pine-oak montane forest habitat is rapidly disappearing (Cayuela et al. 2006). As a consequence, its EOO, area of occupancy (AOO) and quality of habitat are inferred to be declining, and its habitat is now highly fragmented (K. Eisermann in litt. 2011). It is thus considered Vulnerable.

Population size:

Population trend: Decreasing

Distribution size (breeding/resident): 18,400 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Species factsheet: Megascops barbarus. Downloaded from on 23/01/2017. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2017) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 23/01/2017.