Find the Elf Owl stuffed animal in the Gift Shop at Jeannie's Cottage. This plush owl is from the Adventure Planet.
The Elf Owl, (Micrathene whitneyi), is 5-1/2 inches long and the smallest owl in North America. It has yellow eyes and a very short tail. It lacks ear tufts. It is buff-colored with indistinct dark streaks.
The Elf Owl can be readily found in desert lowlands and in canyons, especially in oaks and sycamores; it is fairly common in foothills and generally scarce and declining in Texas and California. It breeds in southeastern California, southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, and Rio Grande Valley of Texas. It winters in Mexico.
It is strictly nocturnal and roosts and nests in cavities in saguaros and trees. Its call is an irregular series of high churp's and chattering notes. Three white eggs are laid in a deserted woodpecker hole in a cactus or an oak, pine or other tree. When captured, this tiny owl likes to play opossum and feigns death until it is sure that all danger has passed. It feeds almost exclusively on insects, catching them in the air or on the ground. It will also eat mice and lizards.