Chevêche des terriers (French)
Lechuza llanera, Chicuate (Spanish)
- The burrowing owl spends much of its time on the ground.
- The owl uses burrows of other animals such as kangaroos, marmots, badgers, skunks, ground squirrels, and armadillos.
- They are active all day and night.
- Burrowing owls are nearly the size of American robin.
Size & Weight
- BODY-LENGTH: 19–28 cm (7.5–11.0 in)
- WEIGHT: 140–240 g (4.9–8.5 oz)
- WINGSPAN: 50.8–61 cm (20.0–24.0 in)
Grasslands, agricultural areas, open dry area, deserts, rangelands, prairies, shrubsteppe
Caribbean Islands, southern Mexico, western Central Mexico, southern Brazil, Tierra del Fuego, southern USA
Insects, small rodents, delicate vesper mouse, small lizards (tropical house gecko), frogs, toads, termites, katydids, Jerusalem crickets, scarab beetles, true crickets, millipedes, ground beetles, wolf spiders, earwigs, caterpillars, baby ducks, songbirds, shrews, grasshoppers, voles, moths, turtles, small weasels, salamanders, young rabbits
Number of Eggs
4 – 12 eggs
LENGTH: 1.2–1.3 in (3–3.4 cm)
WIDTH: 1–1.1 in (2.5–2.8 cm)
A. c. cunicularia, A. c. grallaria, A. c. hypugaea, A. c. floridana, A. c. guadeloupensis, A. c. amaura, A. c. troglodytes, A. c. rostrata, A. c. nanodes, A. c. brachyptera, A. c. tolimae, A. c. juninensis, A. c. punensis, A. c. arubensis, A. c. intermedia, A. c. minor, A. c. carrikeri, A. c. pichinchae, A. c. boliviana, A. c. apurensis, A. c. partridgei, A. c. guantanamensis
Types of Burrowing Owl
- Northern burrowing owl
- Florida burrowing owl
- Brazilian burrowing owl
- Southern burrowing owl
March or April
21 – 28 days
9 years (wild)
10 years (captivity)
Badgers, coyotes, snakes