Small, yellow-eyed owl of humid pine-oak forest in the highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala. Plumage much like other screech-owls, but ear tufts are very short and often not noticeable. It has relatively distinct whitish eyebrows and the dark marks on the underparts are somewhat scalloped rather than streaked. Song is a purring trill, which could be passed off as coming from a frog or insect. Favors denser and more humid areas than Whiskered Screech-Owl.