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1 February 2001 POST-FLEDGING DISPERSAL OF BURROWING OWLS IN SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO: CHARACTERIZATION OF MOVEMENTS AND USE OF SATELLITE BURROWS
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Using radiotelemetry, we monitored dispersing juvenile Western Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) within a migratory population in southwestern Idaho during 1994 and 1995. Owls remained within natal areas for an average (± SE) of 58 ± 3.4 days post-hatching before moving permanently beyond 300 m, which was our operational cutoff for dispersal from the natal area. On average, owls dispersed on 27 July (range: 15 July to 22 August), which was approximately 4 weeks after fledging. After initiating dispersal, juveniles continued moving farther away from their natal burrows and, by 61–65 days post-hatching, they had moved 0.6 ± 0.2 km. Each juvenile used 5.1 ± 1.2 satellite burrows, and individual satellite burrows were used for up to 14 days. The average date on which we last sighted radio-tagged juveniles was 13 August, and all but one juvenile departed the study area by early September. Our study illustrates the importance of satellite burrows to dispersing Burrowing Owls.

R. Andrew King and James R. Belthoff "POST-FLEDGING DISPERSAL OF BURROWING OWLS IN SOUTHWESTERN IDAHO: CHARACTERIZATION OF MOVEMENTS AND USE OF SATELLITE BURROWS," The Condor 103(1), 118-126, (1 February 2001). https://doi.org/10.1650/0010-5422(2001)103[0118:PFDOBO]2.0.CO;2
Received: 20 January 2000; Accepted: 1 September 2000; Published: 1 February 2001
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