Owls have a reputation as fierce predators, but who says they can’t be cute too? While you may not label all owls as adorable, the northern saw-whet owl is one that definitely is. These owls are among the smallest owls in North America, similar in size to a robin, according to Cornell Lab. Compare their stature to that of a great horned owl. Northern saw-whets stand between 7 inches and 8 inches tall and weigh between 2 ounces and 6 ounces. Great horned owls, on the other hand, stand between 18 inches and 25 inches tall and weigh between 2 pounds and 5 ½ pounds. It’s not just their small stature that makes them cute. They have heads that seem a little oversized for their stature, and they have adorable, round faces. And like many owls, they become even more adorable when they tilt their heads to the side in a look of curiosity.
As cute as they may be, northern saw-whets are still owls, and like almost all owls, they are fierce raptors. Saw-whet owls mainly feed on mice, catching them and ripping them into pieces before eating them, usually over the course of two meals, Cornell Lab reports.
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