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Northern Saw-whet Owl
(Aegolius acadicus)

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Northern Saw-whet Owl Information

Length: 7-8 "

Breeding habitat: A wide variety of woodlands including coniferous, mixed coniferous/deciduous, and deciduous. Prefers coniferous forests. Also, tamarack bogs and cedar groves.

Winter habitat: Similar to breeding habitat but may also include rural towns and suburban areas.

Diet: Mainly small mammals, especially deer mice but also other mice, voles, lemmings, shrews, juvenile squirrels, juvenile chipmunks, and occasionally small birds. Also consumes insects such as grasshoppers and beetles.

Identification tips for the Northern Saw-whet Owl
Song & calls of the Northern Saw-whet Owl
Range Map:
            Northern Saw-whet Owl Winter Map USGS                                                    
          Winter Map (CBC)  
Additional photos and information:

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Photos, subspecies, description, habitat, food and feeding, breeding, movements and life span. (From

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