07 September, 2010

Burrowing Owl

Scientific Name: Athene cunicularia

Population Estimate: 2M

Range / Habitat: Year-round throughout the American Southwest, and parts of South America. Summers in the American West and winters in Mexico. Builds or inhabits burrows on the ground.

Field Notes: Small owl with no ear tufts. Bars on front, spots on back. Found on open ground as in the photo above.

Personal Notes: Thanks to Birdchick for this photo!

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