Burrowing Owl


Facts about the Burrowing Owl!!

The Borrowing Owls scentific name is: (Athene Cunicularia).
A Burrowing Owl is a owl with the same genus as a Little Owl and a Spotted Owlet.
It lives in the range of South America.

The last time people estimate the burrowing owl the population was 10,000.
The Burrowing Owl have yellow eyes brown with white spots on their fer.burrowing2.jpg

The range of the burrowing owl!!



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Before European colonization, burrowing owls probably inhabited every suitable area of the new world but in North America they have experienced some restrictions in distribution since. However, in parts of South America they are expanding their range with deforestion.
They range from the southern portions of the western Canadian provinces through southern Mexico and westerncental america. They are also found in Florida and many Caribbean islands. In South America, they are patchy in the northwest and through the Andes, but widely distributed from southern Brazil| to and Tierra del Fuego. Burrowing owls are year-round residents in most of their range. Birds that breed in Canada and northern USA usually migrate south to Mexico and southern USA during winter months.
This species is able to live for at least 9 years in the wild and over 10 years in captivity. They are often killed by vehicles when crossing roads, and have many natural enemies, including badgers, coyotes, and snakes. They are also killed by both feral domesticated wild cats and dogs. Two birds studied in the Parque Nacional de La Macarena of Colombia were free of blood parasites.
The burrowing owl permanently lives in the green spots on the map!! During the winter it lives in the blue spot of the map!! While the burrowing owl is breeding in spends its time living in the brown spots of the map!! All these places are where the burrowing owl lives during the breeding, winter. They permanent live on the green spots.


Hunting & Food!!


Burrowing Owls feed on a wide variety of prey, changing food habits as location and time of year determine availability. Large arthropods, mainly beetles and grasshoppers, comprise a large portion of their diet. Small mammals, especially mice, rats, gophers, and ground squirrels, are also important food items. Other prey animals include: reptiles and amphibians, scorpions, young cottontail rabbits, bats, and birds, such as sparrows and horned larks. These Owls are quite versatile in the ways they capture prey. They chase down grasshoppers and beetles on the ground, use their talons to catch large insects in the air, or hover in mid-air before swooping down on unsuspecting prey. They also watch from perches, then glide silently toward their target. Burrowing Owls are primarily active at dusk and dawn, but will hunt throughout a 24-hour period, especially when they have young to feed.
Unlike other Owls, they also eat fruits and seeds, especially the fruit of Tesajilla and prickly pear cactus.

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