Burrowing Owl_0244 by janiskay

Burrowing Owl_0244

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 in which the female is larger than the male, the sexes of the Burrowing Owl are the same size.

The Burrowing Owl appears to be diurnal because it can often be seen foraging during the day. In fact, it hunts all day and night long and is most active in the morning and evening. It catches more insects during the day and more mammals at night.

The Burrowing Owl sometimes is placed into its own genus (Speotyto). Genetic similarity and overall appearance unite it with the other members of Athene. These are the Little Owl of Eurasia and northern Africa, the Spotted Owlet of southeastern Asia, and the extremely rare Forest Owlet, known only from a handful of specimens and sightings in India. Although the Little Owl is found in deserts and open areas, it is not nearly as terrestrial as the Burrowing Owl. It usually nests in tree cavities, although it will use a hole in a building or wall, and sometimes nests in rabbit holes.

The Burrowing Owl collects mammal dung and puts it in and around its burrow. The dung attracts dung beetles, which the owl then captures and eats.

Populations declining in many areas; listed as endangered or threatened in some states and provinces. Collision with cars is a major source of mortality. Human activities have increased the species' range in Florida.

I would like to thank you all for all the wonderful comments and Favs on yesterday's entry “IPhone Photographer”. I do read and enjoy each and every comment and I will gladly answer any questions. I am open to all suggestions and/or constructive criticisms.
Beautiful find and capture. Great looking owl.
November 26th, 2014  
Great detailed capture Janice and an interesting story
November 26th, 2014  
Great capture
November 26th, 2014  
Have never heard of a burrowing owl. It's a beautifully sharp shot. Did you take it in a zoo or was it wild? Fav.
November 26th, 2014  
An awesome capture.
November 26th, 2014  
Amazing photo - so wonderful in its detail. Is that dew on the blades of grass? Interesting...I've never heard of such an owl - thanks for the information.
November 26th, 2014  
Stellar capture, nice focus, light
November 26th, 2014  
Amazing capture!
November 26th, 2014  
A lovely shot. A fav for that burrowing owl, which I've not seen before. He sounds pretty smart!
November 26th, 2014  
I love owls. This is a great shot
November 26th, 2014  
Oh that's lovely Janice! I'm another owl fan. Really like this
November 26th, 2014  
A lovely capture and a cute owl. Thankyou Janice for the interesting information.
November 26th, 2014  
Interesting information and lovely find.
November 26th, 2014  
oh wow, such a beautiful capture! Gorgeous bird!
November 26th, 2014  
Stunning capture and great info! Fav
November 26th, 2014  
They are one of my favorite owls; they have great comic stances, and when it rains they rain bathe with their wings outstretched. He has very fierce eyes!
November 26th, 2014  
Incredible picture and wonderful story. Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
November 26th, 2014  
@dolphin sort of a civilized wild environment. They can be found in some parks and school grounds where the right conditions exist.
November 26th, 2014  
what a gorgeous shot and interesting presentation - gosh those eyes are just beautiful, eh ?
November 27th, 2014  
Stunning.
November 27th, 2014  
Great capture and interesting facts.
November 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous owl!
November 27th, 2014  
wow! what a fabulous image! Great light and detail!
November 27th, 2014  
How fantastic that you can capture birds like this in the wild -- or in what looks like the wild -- well composed!
November 27th, 2014  
Fantastic photo, great lighting, clarity!
November 27th, 2014  
Wonderful setting and detail. Fav.
November 27th, 2014  
Fabulous capture! FAV
November 27th, 2014  
@sharleen not sure could be due could be pollen could be insects.
November 27th, 2014  
Fantastic!!! Those eyes and that scowl...looks so much like my cat! Hahaha. What a beauty!
November 27th, 2014  
Beautiful picture in his natural setting. Would love to see one other than in a zoo. Their face is so interesting. You really got a good shot of those eyes.
November 27th, 2014  
Great shot. Did you hear, we lost electricity from about 3 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Kathy and I went out for coffee about 5:30 (Springvale had electricity). Are we nuts. LOL
November 27th, 2014  
Wow! FAV
November 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous shot and such great info!!! FAV for sure!
November 27th, 2014  
I would love to see one myself but so far - I have not! What a beautiful specimen she really has hypnotic eyes....Love your shot...
November 27th, 2014  
Gorgeous creature.
November 27th, 2014  
Wonderful capture. Fav
November 28th, 2014  
Fab shot Janice. Super detail. Fav for me
November 28th, 2014  
Wonderful shot. Great eyes.
November 28th, 2014  
@milaniet @skskunky if you are ever in my neck of the woods I will be happy to try to locate one for you to see.
November 28th, 2014  
@joansmor yes I did hear and yes you are nuts ;-)
November 28th, 2014  
Fabulous shot - Fav
November 28th, 2014  
Beautiful bird and great shot!
November 29th, 2014  
Those piercing eyes! Sharp, intense, wise.
December 1st, 2014  
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