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Photo: Bitty burrowing owl peeks out from below

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Behold the burrowing owl, one of North America's smallest and most unusual owls. Unlike its cousins, Athene cunicularia does not take to the trees and hunt from the air; rather, the burrowing owl lives in dens dug out from the ground by other creatures. And even stranger, for a bird of prey at least, is that it hunts on the ground ... during the day. They are quirky and gorgeous, and we love this photo by Sam McMillan, offering a sweet glimpse of this curious creature.

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