A Field Guide to the Prairie

Burrowing Owl
Photo: Minnesota Ornithological Union
Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia
Size: 23 cm (9 in.)
Habitat/Range: The burrowing owl lives on the dry, short-grass prairie. They can be found west of the Mississippi River from southern Canada throughout the western U.S. south through Mexico and into South America.
Eating Habits: Burrowing owls feed on a wide variety of insects, small rodents, lizards, and birds, depending on location and time of year.
This small owl, about eight inches tall, has long bare legs, no ear tufts and a small facial disc. The owls are dusty brown with white markings on the belly and a prominent white chin stripe.
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