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Saw-Whet Owl   [Aegolius Acadicus]

16.5–18.9" Wingspan

This little beauty was hit by a car in 2008 and came to the Museum after two years as a VINS education bird.  In the accident, Diana lost an eye and with it, her depth perception. Very old for a saw-whet, she has developed a cataract in her remaining eye but still gets around her enclosure and finds her food without any apparent trouble.

Saw-whets are unusual owls in several ways. For example: they regularly migrate, they are not usually faithful to a home territory and do not mate for life. The opposite is generally true of owls in all three cases!

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