Vermiculated Screech-owl (Otus vermiculatus) - HBW 5, p. 180
French: Petit-duc vermiculé
Spanish: Autillo Vermiculado
Taxonomy: Megascops vermiculatus Ridgway, 1887, Costa Rica.
Perhaps a member of a superspecies, along with O. guatemalae, O. hoyi, O. atricapillus and O. sanctaecatarinae. Sometimes considered conspecific with O. guatemalae, but vocally distinct. Isolated races roraimae and napensis possibly separate species; further study needed. Additional races described from Peru (helleri) and Bolivia (bolivianus) here merged with napensis, but possibly merit subspecific recognition. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- vermiculatus (Ridgway, 1887) - NE Costa Rica to NW Colombia, N Venezuela.
- roraimae (Salvin, 1897) - S Venezuela and N Brazil (mountain regions of Roraima, Duida and Neblina).
- napensis Chapman, 1928 - E Ecuador to Peru, and N Bolivia.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A bird singing once on a perch, illuminated by a spotlight Locality Milpe, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp napensis)
Scott Olmstead 5 March 2008 5 years ago 15 sec 4.6
A singing bird illuminated by a spotlight.
Locality Milpe, Pichincha Province, Ecuador (ssp napensis)
Scott Olmstead 6 March 2008 3 years ago 4.5
A couple of birds perched on a cocoa tree.
Locality Villanueva de Pedregoso, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica
manuel retana 4 January 2012 1 year ago 3.8
A perched couple.
Locality Villanueva de Pedregoso, Pérez Zeledón, San José Province, Costa Rica (ssp vermiculatus)
manuel retana 31 December 2011 1 year ago 3.6