Burrowing owls  

Burrowing owls

Many things distinguish burrowing owls from their owl cousins. Instead of sleeping in trees, they make their homes in the ground, often taking over tunnels abandoned by ground squirrels or prairie dogs. They"re also one of the smallest owl species, measuring 9 or 10 inches and weighing less than a half-pound.

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