OTHER NAME: Prairie Dog Owl
STATUS IN OKLAHOMA:|
Formerly abundant summer resident in grasslands of central and western Oklahoma; largely exterminated prior to 1930. Presently a rare and local summer resident, chiefly in Panhandle and western counties; casual visitant in late March (February 20) - October (November 2) winter records.
"Oklahoma Bird Life" by: Frederick M. & A. Marguerite Baumgartner
The Burrowing Owl is a small owl with long bare legs, a small white facial dicks, no ear tufts, and are about eight (8) inches long. The adult owl is a dusty brown color and different white markings on the belly, also a prominent white stripe across the chin.
The Burrowing Owl lives in dry, short - grass prairies and are compared with burrowing mammals such as the prairie dog, ground squirrels and badger.
The most common prey for the Burrowing Owl is insects, small rodents, lizards, and birds. The Burrowing Owl changes its diet as the seasons change and or the habitat permits.
The Burrowing Owl will nest underground in abandoned burrows which were dug by other burrowing mammals. The owl will, if the soil is soft enough, dig its own burrow and will also occupy man made nesting boxes that are placed underground. The average young this species of owl lays is three (3) to six (6), but the owl can have up to eleven (11) young.
The Burrowing Owl, which is rarely seen in Minnesota, is an endangered species. In other countries the number of Burrowing Owl is declining which is a cause of lost prairie habitats.