|Saw-Whet Owl talons (richmondaudobon.org)|
|A picture to show the size of a Saw-Whet Owl. (Please note: |
this is a wild bird being held for banding, and this is not how
the RMRP handles birds) guardiansofgahoole.wikia.com
Immature Saw-Whet Owls look very different from the adults, with a dark, chocolate-brown color on their heads, backs and wings, and a light brown color on their fronts. They still have that clear white "Y" on their faces, though. Saw-Whet Owls typically lay from 3-7 eggs in cavity nests (much like the other small owls we've learned about recently). They fledge after 4-5 weeks, and are sexually mature in under a year. Life moves fast for small birds like these.
|Immature Saw-Whet Owls (wikipedia.org)|
On a side note, I'm sure many of you have seen the following popular joke:
The bird in the top image is a Saw-Whet Owl, but you already knew that. The owl in the bottom image is the lower half of the original Saw-Whet Owl, with a very photoshopped head of a much larger, very wet Eagle Owl on top. The Saw-Whet Owl is also the star of the equally popular "Time For Tickles" image:
Now you know.
Back to the serious stuff, there's not a lot of data about the population of Saw-Whet Owls, but it's clear to see from the recent admissions to the RMRP that they face similar threats as the other small owls: window strikes, car hits, and other trauma. The RMRP doesn't see many of these owls, but those that come through the doors here at our main facility are given quality care and the utmost respect, all the way from admit to release.
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