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Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Parakeet
Bulwer's Pheasant

About the Burrowing Owl

The Burrowing Owl is a small species owl with long legs that can be found throughout parts of North and South America. They nest and roost in burrows in the ground, like those excavated by prairie dogs. They will also dig their own burrows.

Unlike most owls, you'll find Burrowing Owls active during the day. They tend to avoid the mid-day heat and still hunt mostly during dusk and dawn.

The range of the Burrowing Owl is very large, but habitat loss threatens the species. The conservation status is Least Concern as of April 2014, but the population trend is decreasing.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 01 April 2009
Scientific Name Athene cunicularia
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Athene
  • A. cunicularia
Birdorable Family Owls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 March 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
7.5 to 9.8 inches
21.7 inches
5.3 ounces
Range North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Coruja-buraqueira (Brazilian)
  • 穴小鸮 (Chinese)
  • Sýček Králičí (Czech)
  • Prærieugle (Danish)
  • Holenuil (Dutch)
  • Preeriapöllö (Finnish)
  • Chevêche des Terriers (French)
  • Kaninchenkauz (German)
  • Civetta Delle Tane (Italian)
  • アナホリフクロウ (Anahorifukurou) (Japanese)
  • Graveugle (Norwegian)
  • Pójdzka Ziemna (Polish)
  • Сыч кроличий (Russian)
  • Mochuelo de Madriguera (Spanish)
  • Prärieuggla (Swedish)

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