Bird

Burrowing owl

Area: 
Western North America, Florida, Central America, and most of South America
Habitat: 
Dry, open areas with low vegetation such as grassland or farmland, vacant lots in urban areas, and even golf courses
Food: 
Insects, small mammals, some reptiles and amphibians
Size: 
7 1/2 to 9 1/2 inches tall
Babies: 
6 to 12 eggs incubate for 28 to 30 days.
Other common names for the burrowing owl include billy owl, ground owl, and prairie dog owl!
A Story of Owls and Squirrels

 

Like their name says, burrowing owls make their nests in burrows in the ground instead of in a tree. The burrowNoun-A hole in the ground made by certain animals, like rabbits. Verb-To dig a hole in the ground. is this tiny birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly.'s "home sweet home," where it hides from predators, lays eggs, and raises its young. A burrowing owl usually uses a hole dug by ground squirrels, prairie dogs, armadillos, tortoises, or skunks.

 

Burrowing owls are facing a problem in Southern California and other parts of their rangeIn biology, the total area in which an individual or species can be found.. When parking lots and shopping centers are built, the birds lose their homes and their hunting grounds!

 

San Diego Zoo Global has a group of scientists working on understanding exactly what burrowing owls need in their habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows.. Then, we will be able to use this information to help protect habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. for these tiny predators. A section of land has been set aside to create new habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. for burrowing owls.

 

But before the birds can move in, their homes need to be built. Researchers remove ground squirrels from areas where people don't want them, and release them in the new area. After the squirrels have dug tunnels, burrowing owls will be brought in to move in!