Borrowing owls are small. They are about 7.5 inches to 11 inches. A regular size of printer paper is 8 1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long. The length of the owl includes the tail feathers. The wing span is about 20 to 24 inches wide. They weigh about 4.9 to 8 1/2 ounces. A pound is 16 ounces. Their legs are long.
They get their name from the fact that they dig holes or find hollows in the ground, like little caves. They live in open, dry areas with not much ground cover. They are in grasslands.
Burrowing owls eat a variety of food. They aren’t fussy. They like Dung Beetles. The owls will stock up on trash near their burrows to attract the beetles.
Dung beetles roll dung into balls and push them. The Egyptians had a legend that the dung beetle was pushing the sun across the sky. As it turns out, they weren’t wrong, in a sense. The dung beetle navigates at night by using the stars in the Milky Way.
I am not showing a picture of a dung beetle. You are on your own. I am not fond of how they look and oh, ick.
All pictures are from Wikimedia Commons. Pictures labeled with Wikipedia are also in Wikipedia Commons.
The Map. This map was done by, Minzinho. The yellow areas are summer breeding grounds. The green areas are resident breeding areas. The blue areas are non breeding areas.
Burrowing owls have excellent camouflage. They blend into the ground and are hard to see.
This picture by Mr. Snrub, English Wikipedia, is a good example. I cropped this picture because a small size made the little owl impossible to see at all.