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Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl Click on the Burrowing Owl to view a larger image.

Burrowing Owl
(Athene cunicularia)
This is our smallest local owl. About the size of a large robin, it is speckled brown with long legs. This unusual owl can be seen during the daytime perching on low posts or on the ground. They fly low to hunt in open grasslands, catching very small rodents and insects. Long legs also help them to chase after their meal. This owl actually nests in burrows in the ground, taking over prairie dog or ground squirrel holes.

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Acorn Woodpecker | American Kestrel | Barn Owl | Belted Kingfisher | Bluebird | Burrowing Owl
Black Oystercatcher | California Quails | Great Blue Heron | Great Egret | Great-Horned Owl
Heerman's Gull | Kite | Least Tern | Red-Tailed Hawk | Sandpiper | Snowy Egret | Snowy Plover
Turkey Vulture | Western Meadowlark | Western Grebe | Western Screech Owl | Western Gull
White-Winged Tern | Yellow-Footed Gull