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A burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia), lands next to another burrowing owl at the opening to an underground borrow located on the Hoeme Family Farm and Ranch near Healy, Kansas.
Burrowing owls live in underground burrows, often that they have taken over from prairie dogs, tortoises, and ground squirrels. While most owls are active at night, borrowing owls are active during the day doing most of their hunting in the early morning or early evening. When threatened by a predator burrowing owl will retreat to the borrow and produce hissing and rattling sounds similar to that of a rattlesnake. Burrowing owls are often seen with just their eyes poking above the burrow hole.
Control programs to limit or eradicate prairie dogs and ground squirrels have led to a sharp decline of burrowing owls who depend on the burrows dug by prairie doge and ground squirrels.
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