We have for you today a picture of a cute little owl that appears to be peering out of a hole in a sycamore tree. The elf owl is a one-of-a-kind species of owl that lives on a dry river bottom in West Texas.

The elf owl is a one-of-a-kind species of owl that lives on a dry river bottom in West Texas.  It is believed that the elf owl is the smallest species of living owl that can be found anywhere in the world.

This bird has a height of less than 6 inches and weighs less than an ounce and a half. Its length is also less than 6 inches. In terms of its size, this owl is roughly equivalent to a miniature golf ball.

It would appear that the elf owl is a hunter with a low body temperature. When night falls, this bird emerges from its hollow in order to hunt for food, which may include mice, crickets, beetles, spiders, and even lizards.

These hunters are so cruel that they don’t even mind eating poisonous animals like scorpions. After the stingers are taken off, the scorpions are put back in the nest and can be eaten whenever they want.

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You might see an elf owl if you go to the southwest part of Texas and southern Arizona, where there are woods and cactus deserts. Most of the time, these birds live in the desert in holes made by woodpeckers in saguaro cacti.

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Even though elf owls seem to be very quiet, there is no doubt that they are very dangerous. When air moves over the elf owl’s wings, it makes a rushing sound. In the spring, the female of this species lays one to four eggs, which hatch in three weeks.

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At first, only the father elf owl goes out to find food for the mother and chicks. After a while, though, the mother bird also goes out to find food.

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When predators like great-horned owls attack, these birds try to get away instead of fighting back. They will even act like they are dead to get away from predators.

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In October, elf owls leave the United States and go to Mexico because it is warmer there and there are lots of insects there. When spring comes to the southwest of the United States, these cute little owls come back to nest.

 

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