One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tiny owl that nests in cacti and trees in the arid country of the southern US and Mexico.
Micrathene whitneyi, family Strigidae
- ‘Our three top birders hurry to see an off-course Baikal teal behind an ice-cream shop in Denver; in Tucson they sit with 20 people around the base of a telephone pole at dusk, hoping to spot an elf owl.’
- ‘Here, I got a great view of an elf owl and marveled at the way its plumage blended in with the tree trunk behind him.’
- ‘Several owl boxes will attract elf owls and would give you a better chance to see those elusive creatures.’
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