Saw-whet Owl

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PLEASE ZOOM 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".

Comments (24)


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shadownet 4:50PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Now this is definitely cuteness! I want one! LOL

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Nickieboy2004 4:56PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Wow! Cute indeed! He's quite diminutive! Very nice shots!

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doarte 4:59PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

What a marvelous "Hooter" +5 from doarte's MADHOUSE

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CarolSassy 5:16PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

How cute is THAT!?!? Adorable pics! (:

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J5ive 5:23PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

WoW Thats Awesome!

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1010 5:28PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Just darling, I love that cute lil owl.

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alessimarco 5:31PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

He is a cutie!!! Excellent capture!

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RodS 5:51PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

OMG! My cute meter just blew a fuse! That is absolutely adorable! And those are wonderful photos of this little guy. Dare I say it.... an owl Hobbit. He actually looks very dignified in the bottom photo. Very cool photos and info!

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Erestorfan 6:55PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Oh, I remember when the owl lady brought this little guy out...I just wanted to kiss his little head, LOL...but I don't think he would have liked that.. Yes! As RodS said, a Hobbit owl!!! This rates very high on the cuteness meter!!!!

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watapki66 7:22PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Great photos, it certainly is much smaller than I thought it would be!

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Arumbus 9:33PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

very very cool

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brewgirlca 9:50PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Well clearly this little guy did not feel threatened at all.

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2Loose2Trek 10:14PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

This is a cute lil' guy. Quite the opposite of the previous owl image. Well done.

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bazza 11:53PM | Wed, 10 March 2010

Adorable little fellow so cute indeed.. such a gorgeous little guy well done!!

MrsLubner 12:25AM | Thu, 11 March 2010

I had my first close up look at the saw whet just last year and was so intrigued by them. They are beautifully marked but their size is the most incredible thing...so very small and yet so very powerful.

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njb2000 4:16AM | Thu, 11 March 2010

Lovely looking owl. Great information!

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Pierrot_Lunaire 1:42PM | Thu, 11 March 2010

Very cute owl! Excellent captures!

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adrie 2:39PM | Thu, 11 March 2010

Such a cute and lovely shot, wonderful capture.

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morganahope 4:47AM | Fri, 12 March 2010

yeah ... she´s cute !! lovely eyes !!!!! wonderful photo again ........

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Raddar 8:17AM | Fri, 12 March 2010

Man where do you photograph these little guys. They are amazing. Now stop making a grown man go "ahhhhhhhhhh". LOL

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thebasstard 6:14PM | Mon, 12 April 2010

Very cute one, lovely bird!

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Carlazzo 10:52PM | Sun, 18 April 2010

Fantastic shot!

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vapo 6:18AM | Wed, 04 August 2010

It's a cutie, that's for sure... Now I'm going to train the right pronunciation of Saw-whet... :D

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Digital_Mischief 1:18PM | Wed, 29 December 2010

What an adorable little owl!! Love owls, they are so cool!

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