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After last night's upload of the BIG Eagle Owl, I thought tonight I would take you to the opposite extreme and tickle your "cuteness" bone by sharing these photos of the tiny Saw-whet Owl.
What a cutie huh?
Some Saw-whet owl facts:
Size: Length 17 to 21.9cm (6.7-8.6") Wingspan 45.9 to 56.3cm (18.1-22.2")
Weight 75-110g (2.6-3.9oz) - Females are slightly larger than males.
Habits: Northern Saw-whet Owls are strictly Nocturnal, with activity beginning at late dusk. During the day, they depend on plumage for camouflage when roosting in foliage, usually close to the ground. When threatened, a Saw-whet Owl will elongate its body in order to appear like a tree branch or bump, often bringing one wing around to the front of the body.
Flight is rapid, woodpecker-like, labored, and undulating.
Voice: The Northern Saw-whet Owl vocalizes during the breeding season only (usually between March and May). They are silent at other times of the year. The primary courtship call is a monotonous, whistled "hoop", emitted at about 1.5 notes per second which may last for several hours without a break. Territorial calls are series of short clear notes. The Saw-whet Owl's name comes from the "skiew" call that is made when alarmed. This sound has a resemblance to the whetting of a saw. When the male flies to the nest with food it gives a rapid staccato burst of toots, and the female responds with a soft "swEE".
- March 10, 2010
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