Burrowing Owl

Latin Name Athene cunicularia
Class Aves
Order Strigiformes
Family Strigidae
IUCN status Least concern globally but endangered in Canada
Habitat Open areas with low ground cover
Distribution Throughout North and South America but have disappeared from some of their historic range

General Information

Unlike other owls they are active during daylight hours and often nest in loose colonies about 100yards apart. They live underground in burrows dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels. One of North America’s smallest owls with distinctive white eyebrows and bright yellow eyes and long yellow legs.

Fun Fact

Young owlets when alarmed make a noise similar to a rattlesnake to ward off danger!

Keeper Notes

Little owls are hand-reared so enjoy sitting near the front of the aviary chatting to our visitors.

Also, do not be alarmed they do have 2 legs - they are able to stand on 1 leg for long periods!