U.S. Department of Agriculture: Forest Service -- National Agroforestry Center


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Published in Wilson Bull., 115(4), 2003, pp. 477–480


We analyzed the body condition of nestling Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) at Buffalo Gap National Grassland during the summers of 1999 and 2000. In 1999, which had a wet spring, body condition was negatively related to brood size and distance from nest to colony edge. There was no relationship between body condition and brood size during 2000, which had normal precipitation. In 2000, nestlings of early arriving pairs were in better body condition than those that arrived later. The variance in body condition within a brood was not related to brood size.