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Elf Owl . By Elesa nunez. The scientific name. The scientific name for the elf owl is Micrathene W hitneyi T he common name is the same as the scientific name. The Characteristics. The characteristics for the elf owl are a short tail, A V shape white strip above their eyes,

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Elf owl

Elf Owl

By Elesa

nunez


The scientific name
The scientific name

  • The scientific name for the elf owl is MicratheneWhitneyi

  • The common name is the same as the scientific name


The characteristics
The Characteristics

The characteristics for the elf owl are a short tail,

A V shape white strip above their eyes,

and reddish brown coloring with a vertically striped,

Buff colored breast


H ow big are they
How big are they?

  • Elf Owls are about 5 inches long. If they are spread out their wings their are about 15 inches wide.1 and a half oz


Habitat
habitat

  • The Elf Owl lives in deserts that are overgrown with cacti. They live in canyons, and on mountain slopes,



What does it eat
What does it eat?

  • They eat insects, spiders, scorpions, and beetles




How many eggs it lays
How many eggs it lays?

  • The female Elf Owl lays between 1 and 5 white eggs once a year. The eggs hatch in 24 days.




What do they look like
What do they look like?

  • Elf Owls have a small round head and a short tail. They are mostly brown with white spots on their bellies and wing edges. They have yellow eyes.


How long do they stay in there nest
How long do they stay in there nest?

  • Their nests are in holes in trees, in telephone electricity poles, or in big cactuses. Ouch! The young birds stay in the nest for 28 days


When do they hunt
When do they hunt?

  • They hunt during the night



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