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of the eastern owls, the saw-whet is only seven to eight inches
high with a 17- to 20-inch wingspread. An abundance of loose downy
feathers gives it a larger appearance. Its upper parts are brown,
spotted with white. The head is streaked with white and lacks
ear tufts. The white underparts are striped with brown.
saw-whet is named for one of its many calls, which sounds like
the up and back stroke of a file when sharpening a large saw.
territories in dense forested habitats either have water nearby
or are slightly swampy. Saw-whets prefer holes excavated by flickers,
but have been known to nest in natural cavities. They typically
use nests as found and do not add nesting material.
feed on mice, insects, and small birds. They hunt silently at
night, and during the day retire to some dark evergreen thicket
or a hole in a tree to sleep away the hours of sunlight.
Text © 1997 Dianne Harrah, Drawing ©
1997 Bill Harrah