Northern Saw-whet Owl

Aegolius acadicus

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

NSWO

Code 6

AEGACA

ITIS

HEAD

Northern Saw-whet Owl Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Dull olive in nestlings, becoming bright yellow by fledging.
  • Head pattern: Spotted, Unique pattern, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Red-brown with fine white streaking.
  • Forehead Color: Red-brown with fine white streaking. White facial disk with white "Y" between eyes.
  • Nape Color: Red-brown
  • Throat Color: Red-brown
  • Cere color: Brown

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BODY

Northern Saw-whet Owl Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 18-22 cm (7-8.5 in)
  • Weight: 74 g (2.6 oz)
  • Size: Small (5 - 9 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: White with red-brown streaks and blotches.
  • Upperparts: Red-brown with white and buff spotting.
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Striped or streaked
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked

FLIGHT

Northern Saw-whet Owl Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Bouyant flight., Fluttering wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 43-51 cm (17-20 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Brown overall with faint spotting.
  • Upper Tail: Red-brown with white spotting.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Feathered in buff-white.
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