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 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)




Burrowing Owl | Athene cunicularia photo
Burrowing Owl, Sinclair Road, Near Niland, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Burrowing Owl | Athene cunicularia photo
Burrowing Owl, Gentry Road, Near Niland, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Burrowing Owl | Athene cunicularia photo
Burrowing Owl With Desert Vole, Sinclair Road, Near Niland, California

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BURROWING OWL FACTS

Description
The Burrowing Owl is a small ground dwelling owl with long legs and a short tail. The body is brown with white speckles. The breast is off white or pale brown with darker brown speckles. The face is mainly white with brown around the bill. It does not have ear tufts. The legs are bare, the bill is gray and the eyes are large and yellow.

Size
length 22cm - 28cm

Environment
dry grasslands, deserts. Lives in burrows.

Food
insects, small frogs, lizards, rodents.

Breeding
Burrowing owls nest underground. Thy dig their own burrow, or use burrows dug by prairie dogs or pocket gophers. The nesting chamber is lined with grass and roots. The female owl lays seven to nine round white eggs which hatch after about 28 days.

Range
The Burrowing Owl is found western North America, and drier parts of Central and South America.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Athene
Species:cunicularia
Common Name:Burrowing Owl