A Reference for North and Central American Owls
The Elf Owl is one of the two smallest owls in the world. Only one other owl, in a small region of Peru, is close to this tiny. This owl's small size, desert habitat and nocturnal nature make it easily distinguished from any other species in its range. It is one of the most migratory owls in North America that completely leaves the US in winter. Here you will find photos, recordings and a brief field notes section to help identify and enjoy this tiny owl. The photos include descriptive text to further help with identification, markings, location, behavior, and description. A more in depth write up can be found on its natural history page.