National Geographic : 1935 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE V()National 1Geographic society ALTHOUGH SMALLEST OF THE OWLS, THEY ARE STOUT-HEARTED AND SHREWD Resting on the pine bough above is the courageous Rocky Mountain pygmy, who will pounce on squirrels or other rodents twice its own size. In Latin America, natives call the ferruginous pygmy (left) " four eyes," believing the black spots on either side of its neck are eyes and that it sees both in front and behind. Little Whitney's elf, in the tangle of cactus, is the dwarf among owls, being hardly larger than an English sparrow. Wise in the ways of the possum, it feigns death when captured. Southern California to Texas is its habitat.