Northern Saw-whet Owl
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Size: 18-21 cm
(similar to European Starling).
Description: Brown above, white with reddish-brown streaks below. Crown finely streaked with white.
Range: Southern half of all provinces from British Columbia to Quebec, plus all of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.
Habitat: Densely wooded areas.
Voice: Long repetitive series of soft single "toots", two per second.
Nest: Old woodpecker hole or other tree cavity.
Diet: Small rodents, bats, insects.
Behaviour: Strictly nocturnal, usually hunts just after dusk and shortly before dawn.
Notes: Named after vocalization which sounds like sharpening of a saw blade. Some populations are migratory.
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