Monday, August 19, 2013

Raptor of the Week: Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl
Athene cunicularia

The burrowing owl is a Great Plains species that rarely nests in Iowa, and these nests, as expected, are mostly in the western half of the state. It is our only owl that nests underground. In its principal range, it uses prairie dog burrows for its nest; in Iowa, it probably uses badger dens.

The Raptors of Iowa, paintings by James F. Landenberger

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