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Elf Owl

The Elf Owl is a rather small, short-tailed, owl of the arid southwestern United States and Mexico. Their heads are round with no ear tufts. They are nocturnal birds with a somewhat bat-like flight but not as erratic.

Mostly all of their prey are arthropods - mainly insects and scorpions, although they likely take the odd mouse or small bird also. Elf Owls hunt small, weak prey because their relatively weak feet and talons. Most prey is captured in flight as Elf Owls are very manoeuvrable in flight. They hunt mainly by flying out from perches on trees, shrubs, or cacti to hawk flying insects or by flying over open ground. They often hover over insect prey, causing the insects to take flight, then capture them in mid air.

Around April, Males attract females to potential nest sites by calling from a cavity, then flying out while singing, as she approaches. On moonlit nights calling occurs continuously all night. The female selects the nest cavity and begins to roost in it prior to laying eggs to prevent occupation by other hole-nesting birds. Elf Owls are entirely dependent on woodpecker cavities for nest sites, both in cacti and deciduous trees, so there is some competition with nesting woodpeckers over cavities.
~Micrathene whitneyi~

Average Lifesize Bird:
Length 5 1/2" Wingspan 13"

This piece is sculpted from aluminum and is in full flight with one piece wings and tail. It is skillfully painted to give the illusion of feathers. It has no feet as you generally can not see their feet while they are in flight. It is made to be suspended as if in from high test monofilament line {included}.

$ 650.

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Like all of Daniel's sculptures, this is a hand crafted one of a kind original. Purchase includes a letter of authenticity signed by the artist.

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