Saw-whet Owl

Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Aegolius
Species: acadicus

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
iLa. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. aegolius night bird of prey
La. Acadia former French colony in Nova Scotia

About eight inches long. Dark cinnamon brown with white streaks on upper parts and white with cinnamon brown streaks on underside.

Painting of a saw-whet owl perched in a coniferous tree.
Buff white facial disk with black outline around yellow eyes. Three or four narrow white bands on the tail.
Saw-whet owls inhabit the northern latitudes around the globe and sparsely populate scattered areas in middle US, Canada and Alaska and in the southwest mountainous regions as far Mexico.
Inhabits dense coniferous forests, groves and tree stands in farms and towns from the middle U.S. north to Canada and Alaska and in the southwest mountainous regions as far Mexico in the winter. Like its cousin, the Boreal Owl, it inhabits the northern latitudes around the globe.

Night hunter for mice and insects. Its note resembles the filing of a saw.

Makes a nest of loose chips and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities, rock clefts, sometimes in abandoned squirrel, crow or heron nests, in building towers and in bird houses which have been used for hundreds of years for rodent control.

Lays three to seven white eggs which hatch after about four weeks incubation and young leave the nest in another four to five weeks.

The Saw-whet Owl Birdhouse (same as for Pigmy Owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Grackle) has a 7″ by 7″ floor, 16″ inside ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 14″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access or consider a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors if it may be a more convenient and safer alternative.

Mount this birdhouse out of reach (10 feet or higher) near woodland edges or clearings.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the floor. Remove everything from the nest box and clean well after the brood rearing season.

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Other owls and woodpeckers also may use this nest box.

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Saw-whet Owl

Painting of a saw-whet owl perched in a coniferous tree.
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Aegolius
Species: acadicus

La. strix  owl
La. strigis owl
iLa. forma form, shape, kind
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. aegolius night bird of prey
iLa. Acadia former French colony in Nova Scotia

About eight inches long. Dark cinnamon brown with white streaks on upper parts and white with cinnamon brown streaks on underside. Buff white facial disk with black outline around yellow eyes. Three or four narrow white bands on the tail.

Saw-whet owls inhabit the northern latitudes around the globe and sparsely populate scattered areas in middle US, Canada and Alaska and in the southwest mountainous regions as far Mexico.
Inhabits dense coniferous forests, groves and tree stands in farms and towns from the middle U.S. north to Canada and Alaska and in the southwest mountainous regions as far Mexico in the winter. Like its cousin, the Boreal Owl, it inhabits the northern latitudes around the globe.

Night hunter for mice and insects. Its note resembles the filing of a saw.

Makes a nest of loose chips and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities, rock clefts, sometimes in abandoned squirrel, crow or heron nests, in building towers and in bird houses which have been used for hundreds of years for rodent control.

Lays three to seven white eggs which hatch after about four weeks incubation and young leave the nest in another four to five weeks.

The Saw-whet Owl Birdhouse (same as for Pigmy Owl, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Grackle) has a 7″ by 7″ floor, 16″ inside ceiling, 2 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 14″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Select to view or print saw-whet owl birdhouse plans.
Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access or consider a fixed roof and Side Opening Doors if it may be a more convenient and safer alternative.

Mount this birdhouse out of reach (10 feet or higher) near woodland edges or clearings.

Place a bed of wood chips, not sawdust, on the floor. Remove everything from the nest box and clean well after the brood rearing season.

Installations at significant heights should be installed and maintained by professionals, carpenters, electricians, power line workers, etc.

Other owls and woodpeckers also may use this nest box.

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