English and Scientific names:

Burrowing Owl, Athene cunicularia

Number of individuals: 

1 incomplete specimen (recently depredated)

Locality: LOUISIANA: 

Cameron Parish

Specific Locality:

3.3 km east of Rutherford Beach community

Date(s) when observed:

19 October 2007

Time(s) of day when observed:  


Reporting observer and address:

Robert C. Dobbs
Lafayette, LA 70503

Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):



Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):


Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

N/A; visual inspection of specimen

Optical equipment: 

N/A; visual inspection of specimen

Distance to bird(s): 

N/A; visual inspection of specimen

Duration of observation:

N/A; visual inspection of specimen


Narrow strip of dune habitat between beach and severely-disturbed chenier vegetation (downed and dead trees, bare ground, herbaceous vegetation)

Behavior of bird: 

Dead; decapitated and virtually all of internal tissue removed from body


Head in pristine condition, characterized by white eyebrows and throat. Crown brown with fine white streaks. Body and wings brown with pale brown or buffy spotting and barring. Long legged. Yellow irides, pale bill.



Similar species:

No similar species.

Photographs or tape recordings obtained?

Photographs by Robert C. Dobbs. Attached.

Previous experience with this species: 

Familiar with this species primarily from western U.S.

Identification aids:

after observation: Sibley guide to birds

This description is written from: 

Description from photographs

Are you positive of your identification? If not, explain: 




Robert C. Dobbs

Date and time: 

21 October 2007; 20:10