• The Brandywine Zoo’s burrowing owls, Dori and Oz, were hatched at the Sacramento Zoo and the Living Coast Discovery Center (CA).

• Cowboys sometimes called these owls “howdy birds” because they seemed to nod in greeting from their burrows in prairie-dog towns.

• The burrowing owl is not nocturnal like most other species of owls.


While officially listed as Least Concern, Burrowing Owls are Endangered in Canada and Threatened in Mexico. They are considered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be a Bird of Conservation Concern nationally. They are Endangered in Minnesota, Threatened in Colorado, and a Species of Concern in AZ, CA, FL, MN, OK, OR, UT, WA, and WY.