Earlier suggestion that this species may be very close to Cuban Margarobyas lawrencii considered unacceptable; latter separated at genus level by very different morphology and vocal patterns. Recent analysis using three nuclear and three mitochondrial genes found that present species sister to Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus), not Megascops#R. Validity of race newtoni has been disputed; possibly only a morph. Proposed form krugii is synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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