Covered Species: Birds

Burrowing Owl

Western Burrowing Owl

Western burrowing owl (Athene canicularia) is protected under Federal law through the Migratory Bird Act and is State Species of Special Concern. The Burrowing Owl is small ground-dwelling diurnal owl with several distinctive features including its bright yellow eyes, long legs and characteristic bobbing behavior when disturbed. Burrowing owl is found throughout western North America, from the Great Plains grasslands in southern portions of the western Canadian provinces south through the United States into Mexico. Throughout their range, burrowing owls require habitat that includes three basic attributes: open, well-drained terrain; short, sparse vegetation; and underground burrows.

Western Burrowing Owl Modeled Habitat | Species Account