NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL

Northern Saw-whet Owl - Photo by Bob Gress
Photo by Bob Gress

 

Northern Saw-whet Owl
Aegolius acadicus

Measurements:
Length:  7 - 8 inches
Wingspread:  19 - 20 inches
Weight:  3 - 4 ounces

  • Comments:   This is our smallest owl and is distinguished from screech-owls by its smaller size and lack of ear tufts. It is rarely encountered in Kansas due to its completely nocturnal habits and its preference to spend the day roosting in a tree cavity. It gets its name from its call that resembles the metallic sound made while filing a saw.
  • Distribution:   The northern saw-whet owl is a rare winter transient to Kansas.
  • Food:   Its prey consists of small mammals, birds, frogs and insects. This tiny owl will not always eat its entire kill. With mammals and birds it sometimes eats only the head or brains.

Other Kansas Owls

EASTERN SCREECH OWL SNOWY OWL
SHORT-EARED OWL LONG-EARED OWL
GREAT HORNED OWL BARN OWL
BARRED OWL BURROWING OWL


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