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Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Shoveler
Northern Rosella

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  • Platycercus venustus
  • Parrots & Parakeets

About the Northern Saw-whet Owl

Also known as: Acadian Owl, Blind Owl, Kirkland's Owl,Sparrow Owl, White-fronted Owl, Farmland Owl, Little Nightbird, Queen Charlotte Owl, Whet-saw Owl

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is the smallest owl in Eastern North America. It has a round face with big yellow eyes. The underparts are pale with dark streaks and the upperparts are brown with white spots.

Saw-whet Owls usually nest in abandoned woodpecker holes. Some of these owls are permanent residents while others may migrate south or move down from higher elevations.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 December 2009
Scientific Name Aegolius acadicus
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Aegolius
  • A. acadicus
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
7 inches
17 inches
Range North America

International Names

  • Sýc Americký (Czech)
  • Lille Perleugle (Danish)
  • Zaaguil (Dutch)
  • Aamerikanhelmipöllö (Finnish)
  • Petite Nyctale (French)
  • Sägekauz (German)
  • Civetta capogrosso del Nordamerica (Italian)
  • アメリカキンメフクロウ (Amerikakinmefukurou) (Japanese)
  • Slipeugle (Norwegian)
  • Wlochatka Mala (Polish)
  • Североамериканский сыч (Russian)
  • Mochuelo Cabezón (Spanish)
  • Rostpärluggla (Swedish)

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