Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53824

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Strigiformes
Family:Strigidae
Genus:Speotyte
Genus species:Speotyte cuniculata

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:23-28 cm
Identification:The face of the burrowing owl is framed with white. They have a black collar, a short tail, and long legs.
Habitat:Semi-deserts, treeless grasslands, open prairies
Diet:Carnivore: small rodents, birds, frogs, reptiles, insects
Reproduction:Burrowing owls nest in underground nest chambers from March to July. Females lay 6-11 eggs which are then incubated by both sexes for 28 days.
Fairly large colonies may form in more complex burrow systems.
Behavior:Even though they hunt during the evening, these owls can often be seen during the day. Northern populations migrate for the winter.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Burrowing owls often make their homes in abandoned prairie dog holes.

Other Information

Geographic:North America
South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Burrowing owl
raptor
owl
Speotyto
Strigidae
Owls
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Birds of prey
Predatory animals