Northern Saw-whet Owl

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2009
Scientific Name
Aegolius acadicus
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Aegolius
  • A. acadicus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7 inches
17 inches

International Names

Czech (Cesky) Sýc Americký
Danish (Dansk) Lille Perleugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Zaaguil
Finnish (Suomi) Aamerikanhelmipöllö
French (Français) Petite Nyctale
German (Deutsch) Sägekauz
Italian (Italiano) Civetta capogrosso del Nordamerica
Japanese (日本語) アメリカキンメフクロウ (Amerikakinmefukurou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Slipeugle
Polish (Polski) Wlochatka Mala
Russian (русский язык) Североамериканский сыч
Spanish (Español) Mochuelo Cabezón
Swedish (Svenska) Rostpärluggla
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