A burrowing owl peers out from its burrow

Burrowing owl

Burrowing owls are closely related to the British little owl, and live in North and South America. They differ from other owls since they are active mainly in the daytime, and the female is smaller than the male.

Scientific name: Athene cunicularia

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Burrowing owl taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Burrowing owl can be found in a number of locations including: North America, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Burrowing owl distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1