Burrowing Owl - Powell County

Burrowing Owl - Powell County

By Samuel Burrowing Owl Physical Characteristics Burrowing owls are 10 inches

long. Burrowing owls weigh 6 ounces. Burrowing owls have brown spotted feathers. Lifespan Burrowing owls can live 9

years in the wild and 10 years in the zoo. Eating Habits and Diet Burrowing owls eat moles, mice, beetles,

grasshoppers and reptiles. Population There are about 10,000 breeding pairs.

Habitat/Range Burrowing owls live in the United States from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.

Adaptations Beak Wings

Talons The burrowing owl uses its beak to tear meat. The burrowing owl uses its wings to fly from danger. The burrowing owl uses its talons to

snatch pray. Fun Facts Burrowing owls collect mammal dung to put around its burrow. This

attracts dung beetles for the owls to eat. Endangered Because: Burrowing owls are endangered because of

habitat destruction and development. Reference Defenders of the Wild. 2012. www.defenders.org

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