Bare-legged Owl
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Subfamily: Striginae
Tribe: Megascopini
Genus: Margarobyas
Olson & Suarez, 2008
Species: M. lawrencii
Binomial name
Margarobyas lawrencii
P.L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868

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Bare-legged Owl, Margarobyas lawrencii is a species of owl in the Megascopini tribe. It is the only species in the genus Margarobyas and it endemic to Cuba.

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Other common names Cuban Bare-legged Owl, Cuban Screech Owl[2]
Scientific Gymnasio lawrencii

Otus lawrencii
Gymnoglaux lawrencii


Length is 20–23 cm (7.9–9.1 in); weighs 84–111 g (3.0–3.9 oz)[3] and its wingspan is 137–154 millimetres (5.4–6.1 in).[2] A small,[2][4] large-[4] and round-headed[2] owl without ear tufts.[2][4] No data on sexual size differences.[2]

Plumage is brown[2] or occasionally rufous-brown[4] above, with blackish spots on the crown and hindneck,[2] and whitish tips in darker areas in centre on feathers of the mantle and wing coverts.[2] Small whitish areas on outer webs of scapulars form an only indistinct white row across the shoulder.[2]

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  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Gymnoglaux lawrencii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Mikkola, Heimo (2012). Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide. Firefly Books Ltd. ISBN 9781770851368. 
  3. ^ Jiménez, A., García-Lau, I., González, A., Mugica, L. & Acosta, M. (2014) Valores de masa corporal de 183 especies de aves cubanas. Revista Cubana de Ciencias Biológicas 3(1): 22–42.
  4. ^ a b c d Holt, D.W., Berkley, R., Deppe, C., Enríquez Rocha, P., Petersen, J.L., Rangel Salazar, J.L., Segars, K.P., Wood, K.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2016). Bare-legged Screech-owl (Margarobyas lawrencii). 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 1 January 2016).

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