Animals

Burrowing Owl

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Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

History

One of our owls was captive hatched at Utah’s Hogle Zoo and transferred to CuriOdyssey in September 2016. The other burrowing owl was captive hatched at Sacramento Zoo and transferred to us in October 2016.

Fun Facts

Burrowing owls usually nest in small colonies of up to 12 pairs. The nest is usually made in the abandoned dens of prairie dogs or other burrowing animals.

Birth Date

One owl hatched in spring 2016 at Hogle Zoo and the second owl hatched April 2016 at Sacramento Zoo.

Diet in the Wild

Mostly insects and small mammals; will occasionally eat small birds, small reptiles and amphibians.

Diet at the Museum

Mice, rats, chick/quail.

Life Span

In the Wild: 6-8 years.
In Captivity: up to 11 years.

Habitat

Found in grasslands, deserts, agricultural areas and on western plains/prairies

Range

Found in southwestern Canada and in most states west of the Mississippi River and down into Mexico, Central America, and parts of South America; another subspecies is found in Florida and the Caribbean

Conservation Status:

Burrowing owls are species of concern in California because of habitat loss/degradation and pesticide use. They are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Considered endangered in Canada and threatened Mexico.