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Burrowing Owl visited the Pill Box!

Burrowing Owl visited the Pill Box!

Burrowing Owl visited the Pill Box!

The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing Owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation.  They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs.

burrowing owl

Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, although they tend to avoid the midday heat. But like many other kinds of owls, Burrowing Owls do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn, when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage. Living in open grasslands as opposed to the forest, the Burrowing Owl has developed longer legs which enables them to sprint as well as fly for hunting.

Burrowing Owls have bright eyes; their beaks can be dark yellow or gray depending on the subspecies. They lack ear tufts and have a flattened facial disc. The owls have prominent white eyebrows and a white “chin” patch which they expand and display during certain behaviors, such as a bobbing of the head when agitated.

(This article uses material from the Wikipedia article .http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrowing_Owl)