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Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World
« Reply #120 on: June 09, 2021, 04:34:34 pm »
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Elf Owl (micrathene whitneyi)
Though small, an Elf Owl has no problem taking on a scorpion when it's dinner time. Photo: Bettina Arrigoni/Flickr CC (BY 2.0)

Meet the Tiniest Owl in the World
Native to the American Southwest, Elf Owls are slightly larger than a soda can, but that doesn't stop them from being determined predators. Flying out from its tree cavity at dusk, the Elf Owl hunts beetles, crickets, and spiders, plus the odd lizard or mouse. Larger prey such as scorpions — with the stingers carefully removed — may end up cached in the nest for later dining.


Standing less than six inches tall, feathered in gray with big yellow eyes, the Elf Owl weighs less than an ounce and a half — a bit less than a golf ball.


This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide.

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Written by Bob Sundstrom

Producer: John Kessler

Executive Producer: Sallie Bodie

Narrator: Michael Stein

Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. 105533 recorded by Geoffrey A. Keller, 188270 recorded by Bob McGuire.

BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.

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