The Burrowing Owl’s upper body is coloured brown with white spots here and there. The Burrowing Owl’s legs are long and the fronts of the legs are feathered. The Burrowing Owl possesses a white facial disc and yellow irises. The look of each sex is not different. The Burrowing Owl is the only owl in North America where the male is bigger than the female.

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The Burrowing Owl can be found in the open treeless prairie in western North America all the way down to South America. Isolated populations of the Burrowing Owl are located near Florida and the Caribbean. The Burrowing Owl makes its home in the discarded burrows of prairie dogs, woodchucks, wolves, foxes, skunks, badgers, armadillos and gopher tortoises.


The Burrowing Owl eats lots of different kind of foods. Most of the Burrowing Owl’s food is small. They eat insects and small mammals like baby prairie dogs. The also eat lots of reptiles like lizards, snakes, frogs and scorpions.

Interesting Facts

The Burrowing Owl is a very interesting bird. Some of the interesting facts are that the Burrowing Owl has been exterminated in Southwestern Manitoba. Dr. Robert Nero says that if we don’t protect the Burrowing Owl we will eventually kill it off. Another interesting fact on the Burrowing Owl is that it is the 11th biggest owl in North America.

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Cite this article as: William Anderson (Schoolworkhelper Editorial Team), "Burrowing Owl: Appearance, Habitat, Food," in SchoolWorkHelper, 2019,
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John D.
John D.
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thank you!

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