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Elf Owl Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A tiny and compact owl without ear tufts. Elf Owls have short tails, small but strong feet, and rather large heads for their size.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Bewick's Wren, smaller than a Hairy Woodpecker.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.5 in (12-14 cm)
      • Weight: 1.2-1.9 oz (35-55 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)