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Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

Unlike many other owls, Burrowing Owls, hunt during the day catching and consuming insects, small mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Burrowing Owls are known to collect mammal dung and put it around their burrow to attract dung beetles, which they then catch and eat.

Like prairie dogs, Burrowing Owls prefer areas with short grass and few trees.  Other than prairie dog towns, Burrowing Owls can also be found in vacant lots, pastures, golf courses, airports, and cemeteries. They make their nests in abandoned underground burrows dug by small mammals such as the prairie dog.  Their egg clutch can include 2-12 eggs. 

Facts About Burrowing Owl


Both Sexes
Length
7.5–9.8 in
19–25 cm
Wingspan
21.7 in
55 cm
Weight
5.3 oz 
150 g
Diet
Insects, small mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014
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