Olivia and Stan


Burrowing Owl

Scientific name

Athene cunicularia

About my breed

The burrowing owl is a small, long-legged owl found throughout open landscapes of North and South America. Burrowing owls can be found in grasslands, rangelands, agricultural areas, deserts, or any other open dry area with low vegetation. They nest and roost in burrows, such as those excavated by prairie dogs. Burrowing owls are considered endangered in Canada and threatened in Mexico. They are also considered endangered, threatened or of special concern in nine U.S. states. Unlike other owls, burrowing owls are not strictly nocturnal, being as active during the day as they are at night.

About me

Olivia and Stan are partners and have been at the Sanctuary for just over a year as they needed a new home. Olivia (right) is very much the boss of Stan and can be quite noisy! She will shout at him to get her own way but will equally protect him if needed. Stan (left) tries to protect his girl but often gives up and allows Olivia to take over. They are a comical duo, hence the names, and although they will not go on hands, people can still enjoy and appreciate them as they will happily run around and play for you. They put on quite a show!