LC
Whiskered Screech-owl Megascops trichopsis



Taxonomy

Taxonomic source(s)
del Hoyo, J., Collar, N.J., Christie, D.A., Elliott, A. and Fishpool, L.D.C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions BirdLife International, Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge, UK.
del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N. J.; Christie, D. A.; Elliott, A.; Fishpool, L. D. C. 2014. HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World. Barcelona, Spain and Cambridge UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International.

IUCN Red list criteria met and history
Red List criteria met
Critically Endangered Endangered Vulnerable
- - -

Red List history
Year Category Criteria
2016 Least Concern
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern
Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency High
Land mass type Average mass -
Extent of occurrence (EOO)

Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,540,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -
Population and trend
Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor estimated 2009
Population trend Increasing estimated -
Decline (3 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (5 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/1 generation past) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation future) - - -
Decline (10 years/3 generation past and future) - - -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulations - - -
Generation length (yrs) 7 - - -

Trend justification: The population trend is increasing in North America (based on BBS/CBC data: Butcher and Niven 2007).


Country/territory distribution
Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Resident Breeding Non-breeding Passage
El Salvador N Extant Yes
Guatemala N Extant Yes
Honduras N Extant Yes
Mexico N Extant Yes
Nicaragua N Extant Yes
USA N Extant Yes

Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA)
Country/Territory IBA Name
Guatemala Atitlan
Guatemala Montecristo
El Salvador Montecristo Forest
Mexico Acahuizotla - Agua del Obispo
Mexico Cerros de San Cristóbal de las Casas
Mexico Coalcomán-Pómaro
Mexico Las Bufas
Mexico El Carricito
Mexico El Tacaná
Mexico El Triunfo
Mexico Guacamayita
Honduras Güisayote
Mexico La Malinche
Mexico Lagos de Montebello
Mexico Mesa de Guacamayas
Mexico Monte Escobedo
Honduras Celaque
Mexico Omiltemi
Honduras Sierra de Omao - Cusuco
Mexico Tlaxiaco
Honduras La Tigra
Mexico Lago de Pátzcuaro
Mexico Piélagos
Honduras Comayagua
Mexico Tancítaro
Honduras Cerro Azul Meambar
Honduras Montaña de Yoro
Mexico Sur del Valle de México
Honduras La Botija
Mexico Río Presidio-Pueblo Nuevo
Mexico San Antonio Peña Nevada
Mexico Sierra Norte
Mexico Sierra de Valparaiso
Mexico Sierra de Miahuatlán
Mexico Sierra de Taxco-Nevado de Toluca
Mexico Sierra de Manantlán
Mexico Sierra Chincua
Mexico Sierra de Arteaga
Mexico Sierra de Atoyac y Bosques de Niebla de la Costa Grande
Mexico Tlanchinol y bosques de montaña del noreste de Hidalgo
Mexico Cerro El Viejo – Puerto Purificación
Mexico Parque Natural Sierra Nanchititla

Habitats & altitude
Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Plantations suitable resident
Artificial/Terrestrial Subtropical/Tropical Heavily Degraded Former Forest marginal resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane major resident
Altitude 600 - 2950 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Megascops trichopsis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/04/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/04/2020.