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Sonoran Desert Birds



Elf owl - (Micrathene whitneyi)

Size: 6 inches
Overall Color: gray
Occurrence: widespread
Diet: insects, other arthropods, shrews
Nest: cavity
Field Identification: smallest owl, yellow eyes, short tail, no ear tufts, nocturnal
Season: summer

Elf owl
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae (owls)
Genus: Micrathene
species: whitneyi

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