O is for Owl
Burrowing owls live in North and South America and differ in quite a few regards to other owls. For a start, they are diminutive – about 7.5 inches, at the most 11.
They are often active during the day, although they do hunt in the dawn and dusk.
These owls eat small vertebrates and also insects – and use animal dung around and in their holes to attract dung beetles to eat. Unusually for owls they also eat fruit and seeds.
In Canada they are classified as threatened by loss of habitat to land development, and the efforts to get rid of prairie dogs that live in the same territories. They will also be affected by climate change.
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- Posted in: A-Z Challenge 2013