Nesting Burrowing Owls
Name: Sherry Lynn
What are the nesting habits of a burrowing owl?
From The Birder's Handbook, Copyright 1988 by Paul R. Ehrlich, David S.
Dobkin, and Darryl Wheye
BREEDING: Grassland, prairie, savanna, open areas near human habitation,
especially golf courses, airports. 1 brood. Mating system is monogamous.
DISPLAYS: Courtship: ritual feeding; pair choose nest site, stand atop
burrow, quietly call, neck, and bill, also stretch legs and wings.
NEST: In mammal burrow, occasionally enlarged by kicking dirt backward.
Nest chamber lined with cow chips, horse dung, food debris, dry grass,
weeds, pellets, feathers. Occasionally unlined. Perennial.
EGGS: White, nest-stained. 1.2" (31 mm).
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