|In some parts of the American West, the long-legged Burrowing Owl is known as the “howdy owl.” These endearing raptors allow people to closely approach and will even nod an apparent greeting to human visitors.
True to their name, Burrowing Owls live underground, usually in a burrow taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. They sometimes use rock cavities and human-made spaces. The owls may even dig burrows themselves in areas of soft or sandy soil.
Threats to the Burrowing Owl include habitat loss, pesticide use, and prairie dog eradication programs, which limit suitable burrowing habitat. Many are also killed in collisions with cars.
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