Elf owl

Elf Owls usually choose abandoned, north-facing woodpecker cavities in Saguaro cacti, sycamores, cottonwoods and other hardwood trees, to raise their young. There the female lays three round white eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 3 weeks before the chicks hatch. The young owlets fledge at about 10 weeks. Usually, chicks are born in mid-June or early July. By the end of July, they are almost always fledged and ready to set out on their own.

The Elf owl is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

A tiny, sparrow-sized owl, the Elf Owl is a resident of deserts, dry shublands, riparian woodlands, and open pine-oak forests in Mexico and southern Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. Its calls are a characteristic nighttime sound of the desert southwest. The species has suffered from loss and degradation of habitat, much of which has been converted to agriculture, and in some parts of its U.S. range it has become quite rare. More

Elf OwlOur smallest owl, the Elf Owl, is 5-1/2 inches long. It has yellow eyes and a very short tail. It lacks ear tufts. It is buff-colored with indistinct dark streaks. The Elf Owl can be readily found in desert lowlands and in canyons, especially in oaks and sycamores; it is fairly common in foothills and generally scarce and declining in Texas and California. More

A closer look at the elf owl in Tucson, AZ (2003) Photograph by Greg W. Lasley © Description of Species: The elf owl is one of the smallest owls in the world. It’s around 5.25-6 inches (13-15 cm) in length with a wingspan approximately 15 inches (38 centimeters), and around 1.5 ounces in weight. The elf owl has a yellowish green bill with rounded earless head, yellow eyes, and white spots with brownish at the upper parts. More

An Elf Owl in Arizona Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Strigiformes Family: Strigidae Genus: Micrathene Coues, 1866 Species: M. More

The smallest owl is the Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi), at as little as 31 g (1.1 oz) and 13.5 cm (5.3 inches). Some of the pygmy owls are scarcely larger. The largest owls are two of the eagle owls; the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and Blakiston's Fish Owl (Bubo blakistoni)—which may reach a size of 60 – 71 cm (28.4 in) long, have a wingspan of almost 2 m (6.6 ft), and an average weight of nearly 4.5 kg (10 lb). More

The Elf Owl is currently classified as Least Concern. The prior rating for the Elf Owl was Lower Risk. This rating was changed in 2000 to Least Concern due to no current evidence which would suggest that the population of the Elf Owl is nearing decline or has declined over the past few years or generations. The range of the Elf Owl is fairly large, spanning nearly 600,000 square kilometers. More

What do they look like? Elf Owls have a small round head and a short tail. They are mostly brown with white spots on their bellies and wing edges. They have yellow eyes. How big are they? Elf Owls are about 5 inches long. If they are spread out, their wings are about 15 inches wide. How many eggs do they lay? The female Elf Owl lays between 1 and 5 white eggs once a year. More

ELF OWL DESCRIPTIONThe Elf Owl is the smallest of all the owls in North America. It More

Elf OwlA migratory owl, the Elf Owl leaves its winter home in Mexico and arrives in Arizona in the spring, where it inhabits both desert and oak-sycamore habitats. The smallest owl in the world, the Elf Owl is a cavity nester in saguaro cactus in the desert and trees in upland habitat. During the day it can hide in its cavity, or remain motionless in thick foliage, and remain unseen. Like all cavity nesters, this owl must compete with other cavity nesting birds for the limited number of suitable nesting cavities. More

Elf Owl: Resident in southwest U.S. and Mexico. Preferred habitats include deserts, thorn scrub, and mesquite or deciduous riparian woodlands; most abundant in deserts dominated by giant saguaro. Breeding and Nesting Elf Owl: One to five white eggs are laid in an abandoned woodpecker hole in a tree or large cactus. Incubation ranges from 14 to 24 days and is carried out by both parents. More

The world’s smallest owl, the Elf Owl, breeds in a limited range in subtropical thorn woodland, upland desert, montane evergreen woodland and riparian forest in several populations near the U.S.-Mexico border from the Colorado River to the lower Rio Grande, wintering in southern Mexico. There are also three resident populations in Mexico. It is insectivorous and nests in woodpecker cavities. More

The Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a member of the owl family Strigidae that breeds in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is the world's smallest owl, followed closely by the Pygmy owl. They are 5-12 inches tall and have a wingspan of 15-16 inches and short tails. Their primary projection extends nearly past their tail. They have fairly long legs and often appear bow-legged. They are 1-1.4 ounces.They can often be heard just after dusk or at sunset, calling to each other. More

Elf Owl; notice the yellow eyes, short tail, and lack of ear tufts Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi) Elf Owl with a striped front Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. More

are still in the box, so it appears that the Elf Owl did not eat them, and instead covered them with nesting material. We shall see what the owl does next! May 20 - Since yesterday's incident when the Elf Owl ate the bluebird eggs, there have not been any visitors to the box. May 19 - This morning the Elf Owl returned to the box with four Eastern Bluebird eggs. More

deserts, elf owls are among the most common birds, but they also inhabit forested areas, dry grasslands, and wet savanna. They nest in holes in cacti or trees and hunt insects at night. Elf owls have round heads, which are large in proportion to the body, and big yellow eyes. Learn more about "elf owl" Citations - MLA Style: "elf owl." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 16 May. 2010 . APA Style:elf owl. (2010). More

Elf Owls do not have "ear tufts" or feathers on the top of their rounded heads. Their feathers are grayish brown in color. Their eyes are pale yellow and are highlighted by thin white "eyebrows". The bill is gray with a horn-colored tip. Elf owls are the smallest owl in the Sonoran Desert. Adaptations Elf Owls, like other owls have excellent night vision. They can't see in complete darkness, but they can see quite well in low-light. More

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The Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a tiny migratory owl of the American southwest. It can be found during summer months in some areas of south and southwest Texas, southern New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of southern California. It also occurs in many parts of western Mexico. It is a cavity nester and will occupy an old woodpecker hole in a large cactus or dead tree. Its barking call is a familiar sound to those of us who spend time in the deserts of the southwest. More

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Elf Owl Pictures, great pictures of elf owls in the outdoors = Feel free to download these elf owl pictures to your own computer. Here is our collection of elf owl pictures. This collection is going to get larger as the weeks go by. We love elf owl photos and we are going to increase the number of elf owl pictures in this section very soon. More

The Elf Owl is the smallest owl in the world. Only one other owl, in a small region of Peru, is close to this tiny. its small size, desert habitat and nocturnal nature make it easily distinguished from any other owl. Here you will find photos, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this beautiful owl. A more in depth write up and range map can be found in its natural history page (the Biology link). More

Subspecies: There are four recognized races of Elf Owl, two of which that have ranges that cross into North America. The other two races are restricted to the tip of Baja California and the small island Socorro, south-west from the tip of Baja California. M. w. idonea is resident in southern Texas. It ranges from the southern tip of Texas to Central Mexico (Puebla to Guanajuato). M. w. whitneyi breeds in the S. W. USA but migrates south into Mexico for the winter. It is found from S. E. More

The first published report of the Elf Owl was by James Graham Cooper (1830-1902) in 1861."whitneyi" is a Latinised word formed from the last name of Josiah Dwight Whitney (1819-1896), a prominent American geologist and the founder of the Harvard School of Mining in 1868. The elf owl was first known as Whitney's owl. Other Names It has also been known as are Texas Elf Owl, Whitney's Elf Owl, and Dwarf Owl. In Mexico, it is called "enano". More

The Elf Owl of the southwestern United States and Mexico is the world's smallest owl. Although people often think of Elf Owls peering out of a hole in a saguaro cactus, Elf Owls are found in highest concentration in subtropical thorn woodlands dominated by plants such as mesquite and acacia. They also breed in desert washes, riparian woodlands, and higher-elevation evergreen forests. More

Elf owls are the smallest owls in North America, and one of the smallest in the world. They are migrants, spending the winter in the Mexican states of Michoacan, Morelos, Guerrero, Puebla, Oaxaca and part of Sinaloa. Early spring finds the elf owl migrating back to their breeding grounds in west and south Texas, parts of California, New Mexico and Arizona. In Mexico, they breed in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Baja Sur, Sonora, Puebla and Guanajuato. More

Elf Owls are overall gray-brown with white spots on the shoulder and a white bar at the wrist. They are roughly 13 cm (5 inches) tall and have long wings and short tails. Their primary projection extends nearly past their tail. They have fairly long legs and often appear bow-legged. The Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a member of the owl family Strigidae that breeds in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is the world's second smallest owl, the first being a Pygmy owl. More

Order : Strigiformes
Family : Strigidae
Genus : Micrathene
Species : whitneyi
Authority : (Cooper, 1861)