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September 17, 2010

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This is a mole skull I found with my partner Dylan from owl pellets from our science project.

Keywords: dlindsay, mole, owl, pellets, science, skull

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February 17, 2009

Alice

Do you know the second to smallest owl in the world? It is an Elf Owl. Did you know that ElfOwls live in Saguaro Cacti? Hi, today I'm going to tell you about the description, reproduction, and hunting of an elf owl.

Elf Owls are 5-12 inches in height. Their wingspan is about 15-16 inches long and weighs 1-1.4 ounces. In the sunset Elf Owls can be heard talking or calling to each other. The Elf Owl's call to the other owls is very high-pitched and whiny. Elf Owls fly around from tree to tree calling to the other Elf Owls. Elf Owls choose to live in abandoned cavities for woodpeckers.

Female Elf Owls can lay 3 white eggs. The female incubates for about 3 weeks until the elf owl babies are hatched. The owlets take their flight usually at the age of 10 months. The baby owls hatch in mid-June or early July. When July ends the owlets will be able to live on their own.

Elf Owls hunt debilitated prey because of their infirm talons. Arthropods, insects, and scorpions are common foods for any owl, but some owls take a mouse or a snake. The hunt starts from flying out of perches, trees, shrubs, or cacti to grab insects. The Elf Owl hovers in the air to grab the prey, causing the prey such as an insect and grabs the insect in mid-air. The prey are carried away to a small perch to be torn apart and eaten.

Today I told you about Elf Owls. The three main topics that I told you about were description, reproduction, and hunting of an Elf Owl. Elf Owls are magnificent creatures and interesting ones too!

 

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