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Burrowing owl

Athene cunicularia


This tiny burrowing owl resides at the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, Florida. The burrowing owl is a pint-sized bird that lives in open, treeless areas. The burrowing owl spends most of its time on the ground, where its sandy brown plumage provides camouflage from potential predators. One of Florida's smallest owls, it averages nine inches in height with a wingspan of 21 inches. The burrowing owl lacks the ear tufts of the more familiar woodland owls. Bright yellow eyes and a white chin accent the face. Unusually long legs provide additional height for a better view from its typical ground-level perch.


Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa, Florida

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8 Comments 6 years ago

Thanks FlameGriffon!

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 6 years ago

Thats amazing! Great spotting, I'm still on the look out for burrowing owls myself. 6 years ago

Thanks BethDuda

BethDuda 6 years ago

so cute !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6 years ago

I think they are so cute. I've never seen one in the wild though. Thanks for sharing your sighting tomato.glasgow.

tomato.glasgow 6 years ago

I love burrowing owls, I often spot them on the side of fields in imperial county ca 6 years ago

Thanks venusflytrap2000!

CalebSteindel 6 years ago

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Florida, USA

Spotted on Feb 20, 2015
Submitted on Feb 28, 2015


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