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Northern Saw-whet Owl
(Aegolius acadicus)

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(Photo by Marcel Gahbauer)

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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