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Burrowing Owl 101
To protect themselves from predators, Burrowing Owls make a noise that sounds just like a rattlesnake’s tail. Watch out!
Most Burrowing Owls like to pick one mate for life. They’re pretty romantic birds, too — they’ll rub bills and preen each other, and males will even give gifts of food to females.
Many owls hunt at night, but Burrowing Owls are happy to hunt down a snack at any time of day.
Their favourite food? Ground insects like grasshoppers and beetles, but they’ll also eat toads, frogs, small birds and snakes.
These grassland birds are happy to make their nests in burrows that used to belong to small animals like ground squirrels, badgers and prairie dogs.