Burrowing Owl Athene cunicularia

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Adult

Small, long-legged owl that is active during the day. Adults are mottled brown and white with yellow eyes and a yellow bill. Birds in Florida and the Caribbean tend to have whiter spots than western Burrowing Owls.

Adult

Long-legged owl with a flat headed look. Mottled brown and white with yellow eyes and a yellow bill.

Adult

Hunts on or near the ground during the day.

Juvenile

Nests in underground burrows. Juveniles stick together near the nest burrow for several weeks after hatching. Note unmarked pale belly.

Adult

Nests in underground burrows in open, treeless areas with low, sparse vegetation.

Adult

Found in grasslands, deserts, sagebrush flats, golf courses, pastures, agricultural fields, airport medians, road embankments, cemeteries, and urban vacant lots. Often perches on fence posts or other elevated structures.

Recommended Citation

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/burowl