Bearded Screech-owl Megascops barbarus


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Enríquez, P. L.; Cheng, K. M. 2008. Natural history of the threatened Bearded Screech-owl (Megascops barbarus) in Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Raptor Research 42(3): 180-187.

Enríquez, P.L. 2007. Ecology of the Bearded Screech-Owl (Megascops barbarus) in the Central Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

Enríquez, P.L. 2011. Bearded Screech-Owl (Megascops barbarus). In: T. S. Schulenberg (ed.), Neotropical Birds Online. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca.

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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Megascops barbarus. Downloaded from on 29/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 29/09/2023.