saw-whet owlsaw-whet owl
a very small North American forest owl (Aegolius acadicus) with brown-and-white plumage
Origin of saw-whet owlechoic
Either of two small brown-and-white owls, Aegolius acadicus of North America or A. ridgwayi of Central America, having no ear tufts.
Origin of saw-whet owlFrom the resemblance of the owls' calls to the sound made in sharpening a saw .