Burrowing owls athene cunicularia are so named because they live underground in burrows that have been dug out by small mammals like ground squirrels and prairie dogsthey are covered in brown spotted feathers and have long legs they also sport distinctive white eyebrows above bright yellow eyes. Adult small long legged owl that is active during the day adults are mottled brown and white with yellow eyes and a yellow bill birds in florida and the caribbean tend to have whiter spots than western burrowing owls. Cowboys sometimes called these owls howdy birds because they seemed to nod in greeting from the entrances to their burrows in prairie dog towns colorful fiction once held that owls prairie dogs and rattlesnakes would all live in the same burrow at once a long legged owl of open country often active by day the burrowing owl is popular with humans wherever it occurs but it has become . Threats the burrowing owl faces many threats to its population the main threat is the continued loss of habitat threats to habitat include construction activities development and harassment by humans and domesticated animals
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