Family Typical Owls (Strigidae)

Near Threatened

Cloudforest Screech-owl (Megascops marshalli)


French: Petit-duc de Marshall German: Nebelwald-Kreischeule Spanish: Autillo de Marshall

Otus marshalli

Weske and Terborgh

, 1981,

Cordillera Vilcabamba, 2180 m, Cuzco, Peru


Probably closest to M. petersoni; both formerly included under invalid name M. huberi (which see). Monotypic.


C & S Peru in Pasco (Cordillera Yanachaga), Cuzco (Cordillera Vilcabamba) and Puno#R, and N Bolivia#R.

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; male 105 g (n = 1), female 115 g (n = 1). Smallish screech-owl with short ear tufts. Facial disc rufous, border black at sides, with white... read more


Song similar to those of some other Megascops species, especially M. petersoni.... read more


Humid, mossy cloud forest with epiphytes, ferns and dense undergrowth, generally at 1900–2600... read more

Food and feeding

Probably mostly insectivorous; stomach of adult male collected in Bolivia on 31 Aug contained unidentified insect remains. Forages in... read more


Little information. Appears to breed in late Jun–Aug, sometimes earlier; male collected in early Mar was not in breeding condition.... read more


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Poorly known; thought to be... read more

Recommended citation

Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L. & Marks, J.S. (2019). Cloudforest Screech-owl (Megascops marshalli). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 November 2019).