Burrowing Owls

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Burrowing owls (athene cunicularia) can be found in the open landscapes of prairies, desert, grassland, pastures, airports, public parks, and playgrounds of the Americas from western Canada, the United States, including Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America down to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego in Argentina. They live in underground burrows that they've dug or taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, tortoise, gopher, or gopher turtle.


Burrowing owls feed mainly on insects and rodents but eat almost anything small that they can catch. They hunt close to the ground from dusk til dawn, during the day. They are most active at dusk and dawn and tend to rest during the middle of the day. They can usually be seen on fence posts, or other vantage points near their burrows. They can often be seen on the ground.


They often carpet the entrance to their burrows with animal dung to attract dung beetles and other insects to eat. To make sure that their nestlings have enough to eat, they often cache extra food in times of plenty. One cache in Saskatchewan in 1997 was filled with more than 200 rodents. When they bob up and down its an indication that they are nervous.

Yes Triplets

A burrowing owl shows off its triplet owlets in Cape, Coral, Florida.

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It's A Big World

A burrowing owlet gets a good look at the big outside world in Capa Coral, Florida.

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Topped With Orange

A burrowing owl as it monitors the activigty around its nest in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Don't Try To Be Coy

A pair of burrowing owls watch over their nest in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Everythings Fine

An adult burrowing owl keeps a watch on its offspring at its nest sight in Cape Coral, Florida.

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The Offering

This burrowing owl has brought a centipede back to the nest for its mate and offspring in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Why Triplets

A pair of burrowing owls seem to be contemplating their brood at a nest sight in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Mama's Protection

A burrowing owlet feels safe next to its mother at a nest in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Two Bands On Each

This burrowing owl has been banded four times in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Split Watch

A pair of burrowing owls each take a side of their nest to watch in Cape Coral, Florida.

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What Do You Want

A young burrowing owl peeks out of its nest as a parent watches in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Double Banded

This burrowing owl has been banded twice in Cape Coral, Florida.

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