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Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae


Micrathene whitneyi (Cooper 1861)—Elf OwlPleistocene regional distribution of Micrathene whitneyi

Currently, this minute owl enters our region in the Trans-Pecos and in southwestern New Mexico and west into Arizona. Sandia Cave apparently is far out of both its current range and its most common habitat (Ligon 1961). Images can be seen on The Owl Pages (accessed 8 Dec 2012).


Late Wisconsin: Picacho Peak (Van Devender et al. 1991); Sandia Cave (Brasso and Emslie 2006).

Late Wisconsin/Holocene: Deadman Cave (Mead et al. 1984).

Literature. Brasso and Emslie 2006; Ligon 1961; Mead et al. 1984; Van Devender et al. 1991.


Last Update: 7 Feb 2013