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Burrowing owl
Athene cunicularia

Burrowing owl
Burrowing owl
These owls were seen occupying an industrial site in Yuma, using a large pipe as a nesting site. Normally their habitat is in desert valley bottoms where they occupy holes in the ground.

Size: 9.5 inches
Overall Color: brown
Occurrence: valleys
Diet: insects, other arthropods, small animals
Nest: burrows
Field Identification: long legs, white throat, white eyebrows, barred breast, yellow eyes, no ear tufts, usually seen on ground, flat head, diurnal
Season: year-round


Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Strigiformes
Family: 38 Strigidae (owls)
Genus: Athene
Species: cunicularia

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