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Merlin Bird ID

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    Northern Saw-whet Owl Identification

    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)