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Burrowing owl

Athene cunicularia


The burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America.Probably the most distinctive feature of the burrowing owl is the fact that, unlike most owls, this species routinely nests and lives underground.


Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows located at Termites mound.

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Jenavieve Jones
Jenavieve Jones 4 years ago

Wow great collection of photos

James McNair
James McNair 5 years ago

Great shots Ruben, #1 is priceless, so right that it is SOTD. Congrats

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Great series and very nice video - congratulations on the spotting and SOTD!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 5 years ago

Congratulations!Lovely series!

LuisStevens 5 years ago

Congrats Ruben!

Rosa Maria
Rosa Maria 5 years ago

Beautiful! Burrowing Owls are one of my favorite. Great photos!

RiekoS 5 years ago

So lovely. Congratulations!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 5 years ago

Great captures ... they are so lovely... Congrats Rubens....

Congratulations! I love the owls and the spotting:)

Awesome series and video Rubens,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

The MnMs
The MnMs 5 years ago

Congratulations! They are really cute! :-)

Yasser 5 years ago

Rubens, congratulations! This awesome series and video have been selected as Spotting of the Day! Thank you so much for sharing your encounter with these wonderful owls with us and thank you for taking the extra time to share the video too. It makes it even better! Congrats again and hope to see many more awesome spottings from you!


Nayeli 5 years ago

Aww great series!!

JoshuaGSmith 5 years ago

I love the faces they make!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

The video is wonderful!

SarahWhitt 5 years ago

AWESOME spotting!!!! ;)

Rubens Araujo
Rubens Araujo 5 years ago

Reference and video added !!! Thanks for the comments !

SukanyaDatta 5 years ago

I love the way the one on the left is looking at me...while the one on the right is staring sternly! BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for sharing.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 5 years ago

This is a lovely spotting. To make it complete, and useful to researchers using this site for data, please edit this and add a reference about this species in the reference field of your spotting. Please do this for each photo you post. Thanks for helping to make Project Noah a complete reference tool for scientists.

Hema 5 years ago

too cute!

Rubens Araujo
Spotted by
Rubens Araujo

Taubaté, SP, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 25, 2014
Submitted on Dec 26, 2014

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