Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Puerto Rican Screech-owl (Otus nudipes) - HBW 5, p. 181

French: Petit-duc de Porto Rico German: Nacktfußeule Spanish: Autillo Portorriqueño
Other common names: Puerto Rican Bare-legged Owl; Virgin Islands Screech-owl, Newton’s Owl (newtoni)

Taxonomy: Strix nudipes Daudin, 1800, Puerto Rico.
Earlier suggestion that it may form superspecies with Cuban Gymnoglaux lawrencii considered unacceptable; latter separated at generic level by very different morphology and vocal patterns. Validity of race newtoni has been disputed, possibly only a morph. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nudipes (Daudin, 1800) - Puerto Rico.
  • newtoni (Lawrence, 1860) - Vieques I off E Puerto Rico (1 record, probably extinct), and unconfirmed report from nearby Culebra I; also Virgin Is (St Thomas, St John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, St Croix, probably Guana I).