Appearance: Small-sized owls, light tan in color, have long
legs, and stubby tail. They have a distinctive white mask that surrounds
their bright yellow eyes.
Range: From south British Columbia to south-central Manitoba
and Pacific west and central states to Mexico and South America.
Also found in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida.
Nesting: Underground burrows in small colonies. Will dig
burrows but prefer old excavations from prairie dogs, ground squirrels,
tortoises, and other burrow dwellers.
Eggs: 6-11 eggs per clutch - average 7-9. Incubation by both
sexes. Eggs hatch in 3-4 weeks.
Diet: Primarily insects, such as grasshoppers, crickets,
and arthropods - including scorpions and centipedes. Will prey upon
small mammals, reptiles, and occasionally small birds.
- Varied vocalizations. When disturbed or threatened, Burrowing
Owls have a specific vocalization, which closely mimics the buzzing
of a rattlesnake
- Often seen during the day standing by their burrows or on fence
- Frequently observed sharing same habitat with Ground Squirrels