Local subspecies: Megascops choliba decussata, distributed in central and E Brazil. RPPN Mãe-da-lua.
Synonyms: Strix choliba VIEILLOT 1817; Strix decussata LICHTENSTEIN 1823
Figure 1. The Tropical Screech-Owl is a very common species in rural areas in Ceará and Piauí. I encountered the bird on the photo during a night-drive in Mãe-da-lua reserve, in a location where I sometimes hear several Megascops choliba calling from various directions around me.To top of page
Figure 2. Same bird and photo as above, with details of head.To top of page