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Northern Saw-whet Owl Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    These are very small owls with large, rounded heads that lack ear tufts.

    Relative Size

    Slightly heavier (but more compact) than a Hairy Woodpecker; smaller than an Eastern Screech-Owl.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 7.1-8.3 in (18-21 cm)
      • Weight: 2.3-5.3 oz (65-151 g)
      • Wingspan: 16.5-18.9 in (42-48 cm)