Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Guatemalan Screech-owl (Otus guatemalae) - HBW 5, p. 180

French: Petit-duc guatémaltèque German: Rotgesichteule Spanish: Autillo Guatemalteco
Other common names: Middle American Screech-owl

Taxonomy: Scops guatemalæ Sharpe, 1875, Guatemala.
Perhaps a member of a superspecies, along with O. vermiculatus, O. hoyi, O. atricapillus and O. sanctaecatarinae. Sometimes considered conspecific with O. atricapillus; has been treated as conspecific with O. vermiculatus, but vocally distinct. Races tomlini, fuscus and thompsoni possibly inadequately differentiated to merit subspecific status; proposed races pettingilli and peteni included in hastatus and nominate guatemalae respectively. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tomlini R. T. Moore, 1937 - NW Mexico (S Sonora and SW Chihuahua S to Sinaloa).
  • hastatus (Ridgway, 1887) - SW Sinaloa to Oaxaca.
  • cassini (Ridgway, 1878) - E Mexico (S Tamaulipas and N Veracruz).

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  • tomlini R. T. Moore, 1937 - NW Mexico (S Sonora and SW Chihuahua S to Sinaloa).
  • hastatus (Ridgway, 1887) - SW Sinaloa to Oaxaca.
  • cassini (Ridgway, 1878) - E Mexico (S Tamaulipas and N Veracruz).
  • fuscus R. T. Moore & J. L. Peters, 1939 - Veracruz.
  • thompsoni Cole, 1906 - Yucatán Peninsula and Cozumel I.
  • guatemalae (Sharpe, 1875) - SE Mexico (S Veracruz and NE Oaxaca) to Honduras.
  • dacrysistactus R. T. Moore & J. L. Peters, 1939 - N Nicaragua.
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