Puerto Rican Screech-owl (Otus nudipes) - HBW 5, p. 181
French: Petit-duc de Porto Rico
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).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
An adult perched on a branch. Un adulto posado en una rama. Locality Barrio Cayuco, Utuado, Puerto Rico
J. Gonzalez y F. Collazo 24 November 2002 4 years ago 36 sec 3.8
An adult singing at night. Un adulto vocalizando durante la noche. Locality Bosque Estatal de Toro Negro, Puerto Rico
J. Gonzalez y F. Collazo 4 January 2007 4 years ago 3