Santa Marta Screech-owl Megascops gilesi

Family: Strigidae (Typical Owls)

Authority: Krabbe, 2017

Red List Category

Criteria: B1ab(iii)

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Justification of Red List category
This species was first collected in 1919 in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta in northern Colombia, but was only described as a species in 2017. It only occurs in a small range, in which area and quality of its habitat are in decline. Therefore, the species is listed as Vulnerable.

Population size: 2300-7500

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 4,800 km2

Country endemic: Yes

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Species factsheet: Megascops gilesi. Downloaded from on 01/12/2021. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2021) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 01/12/2021.