Owls are unmistakable birds and that goes double for a long legged owl that hunts on the ground during the day burrowing owls are small sandy colored owls with bright yellow eyes they live underground in burrows theyve dug themselves or taken over from a prairie dog ground squirrel or tortoise they live in grasslands deserts and other open habitats where they hunt mainly insects . 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. 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. 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
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