Facts about this animal
Did you know?
that the male burrowing owl stands guard outside his burrow for weeks, protecting his young? As a consequence, the sun bleaches his head feathers to a lighter colour, and, by late summer, you can tell which owl is the male of a pair by his light-coloured head.
|Name (Scientific)||Athene cunicularia|
|Name (English)||Burrowing Owl|
|Name (French)||Chevêche des terriers|
|Name (Spanish)||Lechuza de las vizcacheras|
|Local names||Brasil: Coruja-buraqueira
Venezuela: Mochuelo de hoyo
|CITES Status||Appendix II|
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Alan D. Wilson
|Range||North and South America|
|Habitat||Open, dry grasslands, agricultural and range lands, and desert habitats|
|Wild population||Unknown, but populations are declining|
|Zoo population||219 reported to ISIS (2005)|
In the Zoo
How this animal should be transported
Owls travel best in completely dark boxes. Boxes should be slightly longer than the head to tail length of the bird intended to travel, and wide and high enough for the bird to be able to stand or lie down in comfort without banging its shoulders or head. A well made wooden box with no perches is required, with carpet or some other non slip surface fixed on the floor and a padded ceiling, with air-holes on either side. The easiest type of door to use is an upward sliding door at one end. The door can then be slid up a small amount; the bird visualised before being grasped by the legs, carefully, through the small opening before sliding the door fully open for removal. A handle fixed to the top of the box makes carrying easier.
For air transport, Container Note 20 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The reason for keeping burrowing owls in zoos is primarily educational as they are the only owl species to live underground. Burrowing owls can also be associated with prairie dogs or vizcachas for multispecies exhibits displaying grasslands.