Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
Burrowing Owls are small owls with long legs and a short tail. They are light brown with white spots and have a white patch on their throat. Juveniles have a buff colored chest.
These owls eat a wide variety of different prey species. They will hunt for larger insects, rodents, small birds, snakes, lizards and frogs.
Burrowing Owls arrive in Colorado in late April to early May for breeding season. They leave in September and October.
As their name suggests, Burrowing Owls exclusively nest underground. In Colorado, they mainly find abandoned burrows from animals such as prairie dogs. Females lay seven to nine eggs per brood, and the babies will fledge in six to seven weeks.