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Northern Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

Owls
Typical-Owl Family (Strigidae)

Size: Length: 18-22 cm Wingspan: 43-51 cm

Description: This tiny owl is an uncommon summer breeder and year-round resident. The yellow eyes are surrounded by a light coloured facial disk. The beak is dark. The dark head is narrowly streaked with white. The back is brown with white spots. The breast is light with brown vertical streaking. The call is a whistled "whew", very high in pitch and repeated approximately every second. They can be distinguished from the boreal owl by the white streaking on the forehead, and the lack of a border around the facial disk. The northern pygmy owl has a lighter bill, and longer tail. Saw-whet owls nest in cavities, particularly those of the northern flicker.

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