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Elf Owl

Micrathene whitneyi

Elf Owl
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
This owl, barely the size of a sparrow, is the smallest in the world. It feeds primarily on insects, with a rare lizard or small snakes thrown in. It occurs in desert areas and associated riparian forest. The nest is in an old woodpecker hole or natural cavity in trees and telephone poles. The four-digit banding code is ELOW.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Desert
Desert

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

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