saw-whet owl


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saw-whet owl

(sô′wĕt′, -hwĕt′)
n.
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 .]

saw′-whet` owl`


n.
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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Last winter, I packed my family in the car and drove three hours one way for the chance to see a saw-whet owl.
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.
There are stunning photographs of Atlantic puffins in Matinicus Rock, Maine, a Northern saw-whet owl and a yellow warbler in Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; a fox sparrow, a spotted towhee and a purple finch from Western Oregon; a Western gull from the Oregon Coast; an American robin from Finley National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon; the spectacular orange and green of a broad-billed motmot from Panama; the royal blue body, black head, orange beak and yellow eye of a Formosan blue magpie from Taipei, Taiwan; the long neck of a bare-throated tiger heron from Mexcaltitan, Mexico; a laughing kookaburra from Yungaburra, Australia; an anhinga from San Blas, Mexico; a violet-tailed sylph from Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador; and a cactus finch from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
dagger]) Includes burrowing owl (n = 2), sharp-shinned hawk (n = 2), Cooper's hawk (n = 1), eastern screech owl (n = 1), merlin (n = 1), osprey (n = 1), prairie falcon (n = 1), and northern saw-whet owl (n = 1).
It was a saw-whet owl, about 6 inches in length and full grown.