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Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
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Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

General Description: Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) are small, long-legged owls of open country where they nest in burrows in the ground. Burrowing owls often are seen during the day sitting outside the entrance to their burrow or on a low perch (e.g., roadside berm, fence post) near the burrow. Adults are brown with white spots on the wings and white bars on the belly. Burrowing owls do not have ear tufts.

Taxonomy: Strigiformes, Strigidae.

Favored Habitat: Desert scrub and agricultural areas. In agricultural areas, watch for them on roadside berms and fence posts.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for Burrowing Owls in the rural areas on the outskirts of town. The areas around Floyd Lamb Park and the south edge of the Gilcrease Orchard [google map] are good for these little owls. Also check the empty lots at the corner of Donald Nelson Avenue and Balsam Street [Google Map], which are always in jeopardy of development.

Comments: Burrowing Owls feed at night and mostly hunt for beetles, other large insects, and a few mice.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Additional spectacular photos of burrowing owls are presented on a separate page with enough space to do them justice.
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) Burrowing Owls roost in a variety of places. Here Burrowing Owls were using a natural hole on the edge of a wash in the bottom of Death Valley.
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)

Like other owls, Burrowing Owls produce pellets, also known as "owl barf." Most owls eat their prey entire, so they consume bone, hair, and other indigestible parts. To get rid of these things, owls cough up pellets.

Owl pellets are a fascinating window into the lives of owls. By picking apart dry pellets, you can learn about what the owls ate, and in turn, learn about the prey animals that live in the area.

Burrowing Owls produce relatively small pellets, and they are mostly formed of insect parts, but sometimes they take small rodents. The bird who produced this pellet in the bottom of Death Valley was eating beetles.

Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) If you were a tasty beetle or a little mouse, this might be the last face you ever see!
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... giving the double evil eye!
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
... giving the evil eye ...
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Burrowing Owl; this little bird thinks I'm scary ...
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
... well, maybe not that scary ...
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owl near the edge of a wash in North Las Vegas
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owl at burrow entrance
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Burrowing Owl nesting a hole under a large water tank
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Burrowing Owl in a West Texas prairie-dog town
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owl in a West Texas prairie-dog town
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owl in a West Texas prairie-dog town
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
This owl ate a pocket mouse (jaw) and a stink bug (black elytra)
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
This owl ate several beetles, including a green June Beetle.
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owl pellet, aka "owl barf"
more to come ...

 
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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