About the Burrowing Owl
DescriptionHabitatBehaviorThreats and StatusFun Fact
The burrowing owl has bright eyes, while their beaks can be yellow or gray. Adult burrowing owls are mostly brown with white spotting. Juveniles are also brown but lack the white spotting. Both adults and juveniles have legs that are grayish in color.
The habitat of the burrowing owl includes dry open areas like desert, grasslands, and agricultural areas. Due to deforestation, they are expanding into different areas. They can range from the southern Canadian provinces to southern Mexico and some parts of western Central America.
Burrowing owls can live over 9 years in the wild and over 10 years in captivity. Burrowing owls roost in burrows that ground squirrels have dug up. When these owls feel threatened, they retreat to their burrows and make rattling sounds similar to rattlesnakes.
The burrowing owl is endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico. In the United States, it is threatened in Colorado and Florida. Burrowing owls have protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. One of the main reasons the burrowing owl population is declining is due to loss of habitat.
There is a subspecies of burrowing owls that occur in the Caribbean.