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elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
Subject: elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
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Micrathene whitneyi 29APR12 Madera Canyon AZ - elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi).jpg
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elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi)

English: Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) at nest hole. Madera Canyon Arizona 29APR12
Date 29 April 2012
Author BBODO

The elf owl (Micrathene whitneyi) is a member of the owl family Strigidae, that breeds in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is the world's lightest owl, although the long-whiskered owlet and the Tamaulipas pygmy owl are of a similarly diminutive length. The mean body weight of this species is 40 grams. These tiny owls are 12.5 to 14.5 centimetres long and have a wingspan of about 27 cm. Order: Strigiformes, Family: Strigidae, Genus: Micrathene, Species: Micrathene whitneyi (J. G. Cooper, 1861).

Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
Scientific Name: Micrathene whitneyi (Cooper, 1861)
Common Names: Elf Owl [English], Tecolote enano [Spanish]
French: Chevêchette des saguaros German: Elfenkauz Spanish: Mochuelo de los saguaros
Taxonomy: Athene whitneyi J. G. Cooper, 1861, Fort Mojave, Arizona, USA.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. w. whitneyi (J. G. Cooper, 1861) – breeds SW USA (extreme S Nevada, SE California, C Arizona, SW New Mexico and SW Texas) S to NW & NC Mexico (Sonora, NE Chihuahua, N Coahuila); in winter to W & SC Mexico.
M. w. idonea (Ridgway, 1914) – SC USA (S Texas) to NE & C Mexico (N Nuevo León, N Tamaulipas; Puebla, W Oaxaca); northern populations migrate S in winter.
M. w. sanfordi (Ridgway, 1914) – S Baja California (NW Mexico).
M. w. graysoni Ridgway, 1886 – Socorro I, off W Mexico (possibly extinct).

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