Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia
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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.

Male | Scott Streit

Female | Robert Shantz



Bird Sound Type: Hooting
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Burrowing Owl
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 24, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/burrowing-owl

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Burrowing Owl. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved March 24, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/burrowing-owl

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Chicago Manual of Style

Dr. Biology. "Burrowing Owl". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/burrowing-owl

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Dr. Biology. "Burrowing Owl". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 24 Mar 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/burrowing-owl

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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