Unspotted Saw-whet Owl

Aegolius ridgwayi

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

USWO

Code 6

AEGRID

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Unspotted Saw-whet Owl has a moderately small range of 187,000 square kilometers. It occurs in high elevation, humid pine-oak and evergreen forest, including semi-open areas in Chiapas, Guatemala, a small area of Honduras and El Salvador, and in Costa Rica and western Panama. It has an estimated population of 20,000-49,999 individuals, and a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl: Small owl, brown upperparts and breast, rest of underparts buff. Mottled gray-brown facial disk, white between and just above eyes, narrow, mottled white outline. No ear tufts, eyes yellow or brown, black bill. Feathered buff-gray toes.


Range and Habitat

Unspotted Saw-whet owl: Resides in the Chiapas state of southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, south to western Panama. Lives in humid oak and pine-oak forests in highlands and cloud forests. Found from 1,600 to 3,000 meters, sometimes to 1,400 meters in Guatemala.

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Unspotted Saw-whet Owl SONGS AND CALLS

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Song is a series of whistled, piping "toot" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of owls has many collective nouns, including a "bazaar", "glaring", "parliament", "stooping", and "wisdom" of owls.
  • The scientific species name for the Unspotted Saw-whet Owl comes from Robert Ridgway, an American ornithologist.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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