Magnet: Northern Saw-whet Owl

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Northern Saw-whet Owls are a crowd favorite, weighing in at about three ounces, they are one of the smallest of Montana’s owl species.

Northern saw-whet owls have a wingspan from sixteen to eighteen inches and a length of seven to eight inches, including tail feathers.

Nigel was found unable to fly near Livingston, Montana. Most likely, he collided with a window, resulting in a shoulder injury that prevents him from flying.

Northern saw-whet owls are one of the most common owls of woodlands in southern Canada and northern United Sates. They dine on deer mice and voles, but will also eat insects and small birds.

These small, nocturnal owls have large, yellow eyes, a black beak, and a relatively large facial disk.

Northern saw-whet owls begin nesting in April in tree cavities, such as woodpecker holes, or in nest boxes. They lay between four and seven eggs, one to three days apart.