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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