5 Interesting Facts About Elf Owls

Elf Owl

Here is an elf owl looking out from its nest in a cactus

Today I want to write about a cute little bird that has beady eyes, the elf owl.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These tiny owls only grow to less than 15 cm tall and are the lightest species of owl in the world.
  2. Because they are so small, so is their prey, eating scorpions, moths, crickets, centipedes and spiders.  Like most owls, they have excellent night vision and such great hearing that they can catch insects in flight in complete darkness.
  3. When threatened, elf owls play dead until the threat has passed.
  4. At breeding time, females lay 2-4 eggs in holes that have been made by woodpeckers in large cacti and trees.
  5. Elf owls are found in forests and desert areas in the south-western United States and Mexico.  They sometimes migrate further south during the winter months.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about elf owls?

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