saw-whet owl

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saw-whet owl

(sô′wĕt′, -hwĕt′)
Either of two small brown-and-white owls, Aegolius acadicus of North America or A. ridgwayi of Central America, having no ear tufts.

[From the resemblance of the owls' calls to the sound made in sharpening a saw .]
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saw′-whet` owl`

a small North American owl, Aegolius acadicus, with a persistently repeated, mechanical sounding note.
[1825–35, Amer.; from its cry being likened to a saw being whetted]
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Abstract: A captive, adult, male northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) was examined for blepharospasm of the left eye.
in other Strigidae (barred owl, northern saw-whet owl) is also identified by the authors in the ventral fields of the four raptors, even if with different distribution according to the section level.
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Last winter, I packed my family in the car and drove three hours one way for the chance to see a saw-whet owl. It was a life list addition for me and something I'll never forget.
Following these in a continued curve are the additional hunters Pigeon, Blue Jay, Horned Owl, and Saw-Whet Owl, represented by Gamma (Seginus), Epsilon (Izar), Alpha (Arcturus), and Eta ([eta]) Bootis (Muphrid), respectively.
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) and Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) are primarily mammal-eating owls that are widespread across North America.
Zorge came to the sanctuary with a tiny healed saw-whet owl for release.
Birds that could lose all of their current range by 2080 include the American avocet, brown rosy-finch, brown-headed nuthatch, chestnut-collared longspur, eared grebe, northern gannet, northern saw-whet owl, trumpeter swan, white-headed woodpecker, and yellow rail.
and insights from biologists, environmental educators, and citizen scientists," state publicity materials, which add, "So come spy on the spring courtship dance of the greater prairie chicken, search for elusive and elegant white-tailed deer in summer, touch a tiny saw-whet owl on one special day in autumn, and thrill to the sound of thousands of tundra swans as they migrate through the Mississippi Flyway just before the first snow falls."
For example, studies on the Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) and Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) have revealed that the 2 species have different requirements for nest trees, and that leaving the "classic" old snag with woodpecker holes may not provide nests for both species (D Holt, unpubl, data).
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) winter habitat in south-central Indiana was assessed during two winters (2003/2004 & 2004/2005).
Additionally, the habitat of two state at-risk species, the northern goshawk and saw-whet owl, will be enhanced and increased as the spruce grow.