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Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia


The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny, but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America.


Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas,deserts, or any other dry, open area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs (Cynomys spp.). Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the mid-day heat. Most hunting is still done from dusk until dawn, like many owls, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage.

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LisaGrant 13 years ago

Thanks Alice and Shea for the nice comments.

SheaEckert 13 years ago

The eyes of owls are amazing... This shot just makes them stand out even more! Wonderful shot!

alicelongmartin 13 years ago

I love this picture!

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Almirante Brown, Misiones, Argentina

Spotted on Jan 15, 2011
Submitted on May 21, 2011

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