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The Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) is a tiny but long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Stands 7.5–11 inches tall, wingspan is 20–24 inches across, and weighs 5–8.5 ounces.

True to its name, the Burrowing Owl nests in a hole in the ground. Although it is quite willing to dig its own burrow, it often uses one already provided by prairie dogs, skunks, armadillos, or tortoises.

Unlike most owls, Burrowing Owls are often active during the day, avoiding the midday heat, however they do most of their hunting from dusk until dawn when they can use their night vision and hearing to their advantage.

Burrowing owls can be very entertaining, bobbing up and down, jumping around, flying back and forth. Or, they will capture you with their petite cuteness.
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