SUBSPECIES: Approximately 22 subspecies have been described with most found in or near the Andes and in the Antilles. Larger owls, hawks, coyotes, foxes, weasels, and badgers all naturally prey on burrowing owls. The burrowing owl hunts in the daytime as well as at night. The burrowing owl as a total population is not threatened, and has a stable numbers; however in some regions of its range it is classed as endangered or threatened due to the decline within these small populations. Natural predators for the burrowing owl include … The Western burrowing owl (Athene Cunicularia Hypugea meaning "little digger") is a diminutive raptor of short grasslands and semi-arid areas whose life history is centered in and around an underground burrow, a unique aspect among owl species. However, man by far is the Burrowing Owl's worst enemy. Only A. c. hypugaea (Western burrowing owl) and A. c. floridana (Florida burrowing owl) are found in North America. Although burrowing owls are predators, they are not at the top of the prairie food chain, which means that they are also in danger of becoming prey for other predatory species. This relationship benefits burrowing owls in a number of ways. The burrowing owl also occurs in Florida, Central America, and most of South America. There are many natural predators to the Burrowing Owl like other owls, dogs, cats, snakes, hawks, badgers, skunks, foxes, and weasels. I once spent nine hours watching an adult owl resting on the mound at the mouth of its nest burrow. 2 For one, prairie dogs provide an alternative food source for predators, and thus decrease the number of burrowing owl nests that are preyed upon. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located in the town of Oliver in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. During the day, these insect exterminators prey on dung beetles, burying beetles, crickets and grasshoppers in the vicinity of their nest. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery produces premium VQA wines and also has an 11 room guest house, a wine shop and a fine-dining restaurant on site. 500 Burrowing Owl Place (off Black Sage Road), Oliver, BC, V0H 1T1, Canada | 1-877-498-0620. Second, prairie dogs alert each other to the presence of predators, and inadvertently inform burrowing owls living in the community. Here, we show how the low richness and abundance of predators in urban areas may explain changes in the habitat selection pattern of a grassland specialist species, the burrowing owl Athene cunicularia, toward urban habitats.