Sunday, July 25, 2010

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owls are a smallish owl, being about 10" in length. They have no ear tufts, and have bright yellow eyes. Their "who-who" is associated with territorial defense and breeding. When agitated, they will bob their head up and down. Burrowing Owls eat small vertebrates and invertebrates, but mostly small rodents and large insects. They often live near ground squirrels, but rarely prey on them. We found these in close proximity to a prairie dog town.

This first one appears to have been banded.

This photo clearly shows the wing and tail markings of the Burrowing Owl.
There can be some variation due to age and other aspects.


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