Typical Owls (Strigidae)

White-throated Screech-owl (Otus albogularis) - HBW 5, p. 181

French: Petit-duc à gorge blanche German: Weißkehleule Spanish: Autillo Gorgiblanco

Taxonomy: Syrnium albogularis Cassin, 1849, Choachi, Bogotá.
Sometimes placed in monotypic genus Macabra, or that name used as subgenus, on basis of lack of erectile ear-tufts. Vocal patterns, however, show close relationship with New World Otus. Races obscurus and aequatorialis possibly only morphs, or result of individual variation. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • obscurus Phelps & Phelps, Jr., 1953 - Sierra de Perijá, in NW Venezuela.
  • meridensis (Chapman, 1923) - Andes of W Venezuela.
  • macabrum (Bonaparte, 1850) - C & W Andes from Colombia and Ecuador S to N Peru.

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  • obscurus Phelps & Phelps, Jr., 1953 - Sierra de Perijá, in NW Venezuela.
  • meridensis (Chapman, 1923) - Andes of W Venezuela.
  • macabrum (Bonaparte, 1850) - C & W Andes from Colombia and Ecuador S to N Peru.
  • albogularis (Cassin, 1849) - E Andes of Colombia and N Ecuador.
  • aequatorialis (Chapman, 1922) - E Ecuador.
  • remotus Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1941 - E Andes from Peru S to C Bolivia (Cochabamba).