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Sonoran Desert Birds



Burrowing owl - (Athene cunicularia)

 Burrowing owl

Size: 9.5 inches
Overall Color: brown
Occurrence: valleys
Diet: insects, other arthropods, small animals
Nest: burrows
Field Identification: long legs, white throat, white eyebrows, barred breast, yellow eyes, no ear tufts, usually seen on ground, flat head, diurnal
Season: year-round

Burrowing owl
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae (owls)
Genus: Athene
species: cunicularia

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