Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

Order

STRIGIFORMES

Family

Barn Owls, Typical Owls (Tytonidae & Strigidae)

Code 4

BUOW

Code 6

ATHCUN

ITIS

HEAD

Burrowing Owl Head Illustration.jpg
  • Bill Shape: Hooked
  • Eye Color: Typically lemon yellow in adults, but increasingly reported as chocolate, brown, or olive as well, especially in Florida.
  • Head pattern: Spotted, Unique pattern, Eyebrow
  • Crown Color: Brown with white spotting.
  • Forehead Color: Brown with white spotting and white eyebrows.
  • Nape Color: Brown with white spotting.
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: Blue, Gray

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BODY

Burrowing Owl Body Illustration.jpg
  • Length Range: 23-28 cm (9-11 in)
  • Weight: 150 g (5.3 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: Buff-white with horizontal brown barring and brown breast with white spotting.
  • Upperparts: Brown with white spotting.
  • Back Pattern: Spotted or speckled
  • Belly Pattern: Barred or banded
  • Breast Pattern: Barred or banded, Spotted or speckled

FLIGHT

Burrowing Owl Flight Illustration.jpg
  • Flight Pattern: Buoyant erratic flight., Silent wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 51-61 cm (20-24 in)
  • Wing Shape: Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Notched Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Brown overall with faint spotting.
  • Upper Tail: Brown with white spotting.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Feathered in white.
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