Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a small, nocturnal bird that inhabits the forests of North America. Adults are around 7-8 inches (18-22 cm) in length and weigh between 2-5 ounces (55-125 g). The Northern Saw-whet Owl is often considered the cutest owl species due to its large, yellow eyes, round head, and fluffy appearance.

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a carnivorous bird. Its diet consists of small rodents, birds, and insects. It hunts at night by swooping down on its prey from a perch or by searching for prey while in flight. This species of owl is capable of swallowing prey that is larger than its own size, such as squirrels and rabbits.

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a solitary bird and is rarely seen in pairs, except during the breeding season. The breeding season for these birds usually takes place between March and June. During this time, male Saw-whet Owls will attract females by hooting, followed by some aerial displays. After mating, females will lay 3-7 eggs in a tree cavity or nest box, where both parents will take turns incubating the eggs for around 4 weeks. Once the chicks hatch, they are fed by both parents until they are ready to leave the nest, which usually takes about 4 weeks.

The Northern Saw-whet Owl is a migratory bird that travels south for the winter. These birds generally migrate to the southern United States or Mexico, but some may travel as far south as Central America.

Despite its small size, the Northern Saw-whet Owl plays an important role in the ecosystem. They help to keep rodent populations in check, and serve as prey for larger predators such as hawks and eagles. However, this species faces several threats including habitat loss, predation, and collisions with vehicles. Conservation efforts are underway to protect this species and ensure its survival.

Other names

Aegolius acadicus



Northern Saw-whet Owl

mussol acadià



riđotrbi ćuk

sýc americký

Lille Perleugle



Petite Nyctale


Civetta capogrosso del Nordamerica


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Severnoamerička gaćasta kukumavka

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Mochuelo cabezón


Kızıl Benekli Baykuş

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