Burrowing owl chicks, Wyoming, US

In today’s image, we see four burrowing owls in Wyoming, USA, standing near their burrow, looking like a band of mischievous siblings. Known for their distinctive white eyebrows and yellow eyes, these owls are active during the day, hunting insects and small mammals. Burrowing owls, also known as shocos, are between 18 and 28 centimetres in height and have a wingspan of 50-60 centimetres. Their name comes from their ability to inhabit burrows dug by mammals like prairie dogs, skunks or armadillos, where they nest and roost. They often look out for each other, warning one another of predators. They lay three to five eggs per clutch, incubating them for about a month. The lifespan of these cute creatures is about six to eight years.