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Sophie the Northern Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)

Sophie is adorable! As you can see, saw-whets are quite small. I heard several people asking how big she will be when fully grown (she already is -- 100 grams [≈4 oz.] of mouse-hunting ferocity!).


Sophie was hit by a car and suffered a broken wing, which healed nicely. Unfortunately, she also has a detached retina.


This owl takes its name from the sound of its call, which sounds like a saw being sharpened.

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Taken on April 30, 2011