Baby Birdorable: Saw-whet Owl

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Northern Saw-whet Owl. Northern Saw-whet Owls nest in old tree cavities. The females incubate the eggs and brood the chicks alone. Babies fledge at 28 to 32 days after hatching. Some populations of Northern Saw-whet Owls are migratory. During the fall migration, bird banders lure them into mist nets using recorded owl calls. Captured birds are examined, measured, and banded. We were extremely fortunate to be able to visit a Saw-whet Owl banding demonstration last week here in northern Illinois. Of course, the birds being banded were fully fledged adults. But aren't they cute as chicks, too?

Petite Nyctale / Northern Saw-whet Owl
Petite Nyctale / Northern Saw-whet Owl by s_miousse Notice the prey-items ready for when the babies hatch!
Blue-eyed Baby
Blue-eyed Baby by Dr. Hoo
Family portrait
Family portrait by Dr. Hoo
Baby Saw-whet
Baby Saw-whet by BrendanMcGarry
Fab 5
Fab 5 by Dr. Hoo
Northern Saw-whet owl
Northern Saw-whet owl by Mat and Amie

Pretty cute, right? Be sure to check out our Birdorable Saw-whet Owl t-shirts & gifts!


little bird on October 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM wrote:
They are so so so so so cute! I think you should totally make an elf owl, but the saw-whet owl is birdorable!
little bird on October 23, 2010 at 10:13 AM wrote:
They are so so so so so cute! I think you should totally make an elf owl, but the saw-whet owl is adorable!
Bob Hilscher on October 28, 2012 at 2:17 PM wrote:
Hi there. Great pics of the baby Northern Saw-Whet Owls. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and this past Friday, my wife and I came upon an adult Saw-Whet Owl out in the bush. This was the first time as birders that we had ever seen a Saw-Whet Owl. Fortunately, we had our camera with us and got some good pictures and video. We have posted them for anyone interested at:
Megan on September 16, 2015 at 9:46 AM wrote:
Where can I purchase one
Louise Warner on February 23, 2017 at 8:16 AM wrote:
i seen two in my life...but i am seven.
Louise Warner on February 23, 2017 at 8:18 AM wrote:
just so u know i really am a kid who knows a lot about birds of north america.
Cadence Pond on December 11, 2020 at 5:51 PM wrote:
im 12
Spurwing Plover on May 20, 2022 at 7:07 AM wrote:
Their name is said so comes from their call which resembles the sharping of wet saw on a sharpening stone

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