Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Burrowing Owl
    Scientific Name:
    Athene cunicularia
    • These owls are mainly solitary outside of mating season, but sometimes live in loose groups within prairie dog towns.
    • Although they can dig their own burrows, they also use those of badgers, prairie dogs, desert tortoises, and other animals.
    • They spend most of their day on the ground or on low perches.
    • They place mammal dung around their burrows to attract dung beetles and other invertebrates.
    6.5 oz
    8.5 in
    Life Span:
    7 yrs
    Gestation Period:
    30 days
    Number of Young:
    2-12 eggs
    • Desert
    • Grassland
    • Savanna
    • Shrubland
    Fun Facts:
    • Unlike most owls, they are often active during the day.
    • Long legs enable them to chase prey such as insects, lizards, and mice.
    • Flight is reserved to escape predators or hover in search of prey.
    • They have a call that mimics the rattle of a rattlesnake that may deter predators from entering their burrow.
    • Habitat Loss
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    We feed them adult mice, crickets, and superworms.  The crickets and superworms are scattered inside their habitat rather than in a bowl.  This allows them to hunt for food the way they would in the wild.

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    This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.