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Maps General Description Named for the resemblance of one of their calls to the sound of saw teeth being sharpened, Northern Saw-whet Owls are small, Northen spotted owl owls with prominent white markings on the folded wings and brown-and-white striped chests and bellies.
They have no ear-tufts. Fledglings are solid brown above with light buffy bellies and a well-defined white triangle on their foreheads. Habitat Northern Saw-whet Owls inhabit all forest types--coniferous, broadleaved, and mixed.
They often roost in dense evergreens near forest openings, especially in winter. They commonly use streamside woodlands and can even be found in riparian areas of shrub-steppe habitat, although their densities are highest in mid-elevation conifer forests.
Behavior Northern Saw-whet Owls hunt almost entirely at night. They are sit-and-wait predators, watching for prey from low perches generally feet off the ground and swooping down silently on their prey.
They return to the same daytime roosts for extended periods and when found in daytime, can often be found again on the same perch on subsequent days. Diet Northern Saw-whet Owls eat mostly small rodents, especially deer mice.
They also eat voles, shrews, young squirrels, other small mammals, small birds, and large insects. Nesting Generally monogamous, Northern Saw-whet Owls can be polygamous when prey is abundant.
Males choose and defend territories to which they attract females by calling. Females choose the nest cavity, often an old Northern Flicker or Pileated Woodpecker nest hole, usually selecting a different site each year.
Northern Saw-whet Owls also use artificial nest boxes. The female incubates 5 to 6 eggs. The male brings her food while she is on the nest and continues to bring food after the young hatch.
The female broods for about 18 days. Once brooding is finished, she may help the male provide the young with food or she may depart, sometimes finding a new mate and raising a second brood.
The young leave the nest at 4 to 5 weeks, and are fed for another 6 to 8 weeks. Northern Saw-whet Owls are unusual among North American owls in that the young can fly reasonably well as soon as they leave the nest. Migration Status Some Northern Saw-whet Owls are residents, while others migrate, either latitudinally or altitudinally.
Recent studies suggest that more migrate than had been previously thought. Conservation Status How numerous Northern Saw-whet Owls are is not known, although they are probably more abundant than most data indicate, as detection rates are low. Across their range they are still widespread and fairly common, though the population may have decreased because of habitat loss and snag removal.
When and Where to Find in Washington Northern Saw-whet Owls are uncommon to fairly common year-round residents in forested zones up to the sub-alpine zone throughout Washington. In the autumn, they invade the lowlands east of the Cascades and are most often seen during this time.
On rare occasions they have been found in the Seattle area. The Reifel Refuge, just north of the Washington-British Columbia border, has been a reliable place to find them.Abstract. The northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) is one of the most controversial threatened subspecies ever listed under the US Endangered Species r-bridal.come protection of its remaining forest habitat, recent field studies show continued declines of northern spotted owls.
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Michael Reed, Ph.D. Professor of Biology Tufts University Medford, MA Types of Owls It has been widely accepted that species of owls exist today, and of these species, 18 belong to the Barn Owl family (Tytonidae) and belong to the typical owl family (Strigidae).
Some Common Types of Owls. Burgundy colored regions on this map represent the historical range of the northen spotted owl in the United States (it also extends north into British Columbia). One hundred-fifty years of logging, agriculture, and urbanization have reduced the amount of old growth forest (potential spotted owl .
Feb 05, · "The spotted owl has become our shorthand for that." Forsman figures the total spotted owl population is down to a couple of thousand pairs in Oregon and Northern California, fewer in .
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