Burrowing owl

A burrowing owl at ZSL Whipsande Zoo

What it looks like: Burrowing owls have a brown and white speckled pattern on their feathers and also feature distinctive white eyebrows. They also have large yellow eyes and long legs.

Animal facts: 

  • They are one of the smallest owls in North America.
  • Unlike other owls, they are active during the day.
  • Chicks can fly at six weeks old.

What they eat: They eat moles and mice during late spring and early summer, switching to insects such as grasshoppers and beetles later in the year. They have also been known to eat birds, amphibians and reptiles.

Habitat: Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts or any area open dry area with low vegatation.

Where they live: North and South America.


Conservation Status
Least Concern