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Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

Burrowing Owl
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Length: 10 in. (24 cm)
This long-legged owl is often active during the daytime and most often seen sitting on the ground near its burrow. Occasionally they fly up to fence posts or telephone lines where they become even more obvious. Burrowing Owls are confined to prairies, grasslands and open desert areas where they feed on large insects, small mammals and lizards. This species nests in similar habitats all the way south to Argentina. The four-digit banding code is BUOW.
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Male
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Desert
Desert

Grasslands
Grasslands

Agricultural
Agricultural

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Male
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