Three burrowing owls emerging from their burrow.

Tell Me About: Burrowing Owls

Who’s that? It’s the Florida burrowing owl!
The burrowing owl, one of the smallest in Florida, lives in open, sandy fields throughout the peninsular region of the state. It stands at around 9 inches tall, has sandy brown feathers, and bright yellow eyes. The burrowing owl is designated as a threatened species by the state of Florida, so there are certain rules to know if you see one in the wild. Be sure not to get too close and risk upsetting the owl or its burrow; if the owl sees you and bobs its head, makes noises, or flies around you, then you’re probably too close!