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Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

Description:

Adults have brown heads and wings with white spotting. The chest and abdomen are white with variable brown spotting or barring, also depending on the subspecies. Juvenile owls are similar in appearance, but they lack most of the white spotting above and brown barring below. The juveniles have a buff bar across the upper wing and their breast may be buff-colored rather than white. Burrowing owls of all ages have grayish legs longer than other owls. Males and females are similar in size and appearance, and display little sexual dimorphism. Females tend to be heavier, but males tend to have longer linear measurements (wing length, tail length, etc.). Adult males appear lighter in color than females because they spend more time outside the burrow during daylight, and their feathers become "sun-bleached". The burrowing owl measures 19–28 cm long, spans 50.8–61 cm across the wings and weighs 140–240 g

Habitat:

Found near it burrow at Tamiami Airport, Miami, Florida

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Alex Salcedo
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Alex Salcedo

Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 2, 2014
Submitted on Mar 5, 2015

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