Borrowing Owl Chicks. Sierra Club Notecard.
Unlike many other owl species, the adult male and female burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia) are the same size. During their nesting season in early spring, the pair acquires a burrow previously inhabited by prairie dogs or other small mammals. In preparation for the clutch of three to twelve eggs, the expectant parents give the new place a unique kind of spring-cleaning, lining it with mammal dung (usually cow). This aromatic addition not only aids in climate control but also attracts the owls’ favorite snack: dung beetles. Both parents care for the owlets until they are ready to leave their odiferous abode.
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