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Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

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Class: Aves
Family: Strigidae
Common Name: Elf Owl
Genus: Micrathene
Species Name: whitneyi

About The Elf Owl

Elf owls are often found in the upland deserts of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, their range also spreads into parts of California, New Mexico and Texas. Most are members of three populations that breed in the area of the United States-Mexico border and spend the winter in southern Mexico. Three other distinct populations exist in southern Baja California and Puebla, Mexico; these populations are nonmigratory.

Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native )

Rights Holder: The Regents of the University of Michigan and its licensors
Bibliographic Citation: Sterling, K. 2002. "Micrathene whitneyi" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed April 27, 2013 at Citation Link

Trips Where Observed

Southeast Arizona

Member Lifelists

North America
United States

Sites Where Observed


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