October 2009 - Burrowing Owl
 
Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia - photo by Janiskay
Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia

The Burrowing Owl is a resident of the plains and grasslands of western North America, although there is a sub-species in Florida. It is characterized by its long legs, short tail and small size (9.5 in/24 cm). It is often active during the day, sitting on fence posts or rocks in the wide-open countryside it enjoys where it feeds primarily on insects and small mammals. It nests and roosts in burrows.

Many thanks to Janiskay, of Hollywood, FL, for submitting this photograph.

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