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Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
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Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi)

General Description: Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi) are tiny owls with yellow eyes and a very short tail. No ear tufts. Roosts in cavities, including Saguaro Cactus cavities and holes in trees.

Taxonomy: Strigiformes, Strigidae.

Favored Habitat: Sonoran desert canyons with oaks and sycamore trees, Saguaro Cactus desert scrub.

Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi)

Where to Find: Don't look for Elf Owls around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in southern Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

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Elf Owls (Micrathene whitneyi)
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.
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