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Photo of The World’s Smallest and Cutest Owl

The diminutive Whitney’s elf owl, Micrathene whitneyi, is a common resident of the riparian areas of the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts in North America. It is the smallest owl found in the world and shares the title as the world’s lightest owl weighing a mere 1.4 ounces (40 g). A fully grown male elf owl will reach 4.9 to 5.7 inches (12.5 to 14.5 cm) in length and have a wingspan of 10.5 inches (27 cm). Photos below.

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