Burrowing Owl

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 April 2009
Scientific Name
Athene cunicularia
  • Strigiformes
  • Strigidae
  • Athene
  • A. cunicularia
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.5 to 9.8 inches
21.7 inches
5.3 ounces


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Coruja-buraqueira
Chinese (汉语) 穴小鸮
Czech (Cesky) Sýček Králičí
Danish (Dansk) Prærieugle
Dutch (Nederlands) Holenuil
Finnish (Suomi) Preeriapöllö
French (Français) Chevêche des Terriers
German (Deutsch) Kaninchenkauz
Italian (Italiano) Civetta Delle Tane
Japanese (日本語) アナホリフクロウ (Anahorifukurou)
Norwegian (Norsk) Graveugle
Polish (Polski) Pójdzka Ziemna
Russian (русский язык) Сыч кроличий
Spanish (Español) Mochuelo de Madriguera
Swedish (Svenska) Prärieuggla
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