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Scientific Name: Athene cunicularia

Habitat: grasslands, desert

Diet: mainly insects; also small mammals, reptiles, bats

Life span: 9 years (12 years in captivity)

Young: 6-9 eggs/clutch

Size: 170–214 g (0.3-0.5 lbs)

These owls are migratory, leaving Alberta to spend the winter in Mexico.

Burrowing owls nest underground in abandoned ground squirrel holes. They make a sound similar to a rattlesnake to scare away predators. The loss of ground squirrel habitat due to farming has reduced prime nesting sites for the owl, hence the endangered status.

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Burrowing owl on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North and South America

Status in the Wild

Status: endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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