Burrowing Owl

Speotyto cunucularia

About the Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout North and South America. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the mid-day heat. They are still most active from dusk until dawn. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs. Adult owls have brown upperparts with white spotting. The breast and belly are white with variable brown spotting or barring. Juvenile owls are similar in appearance, but they lack most of the white spotting above and brown barring below. Also, the young owls have a buff bar across the upper wing and their breast may be buffy rather than white. The owls nest in an underground burrows vacated byanimals such as prairie dogs and ground squirrels. The female will lay an egg every 1 or 2 days until she has completed a clutch, which can consist of 4-12 eggs, which will be incubated the eggs for 3 to 4 weeks.



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