The Northern Saw-whet owl is a a fairly common and widespread owl. However it is strictly nocturnal and difficult to locate. Thus it is seldom seen unless spotted roosting in young evergreens or thickets.

It is a small short-tailed robin-sized owl with yellow eyes and no ear tufts. It is white below with brown streaks and brown above with fine streaking on forehead and crown. The similar Boreal Owl has spotting here and a distinct black bordered facial disk.

This bird was a rehabilitated bird at the Muskoka Wildlife Centrre near Gravenhurst Ontario.

The song is a repeated "took took".

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