• Long House in autumn

    Bandelier

    National Monument New Mexico

Owls

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Flammulated Owl

Photo by Sally King

Owls are very unique raptors that are adapted to hunting for prey, mainly at night. The following six species of owls have been identified from Bandelier National Monument.

Flammulated Owl, Western Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Spotted Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl

Depending on size, owls feed on everything from rodents, including squirrels, to insects and lizards. They tend to be watchers who sit patiently until prey comes within striking distance for them to quickly swoop down and carry them away.

 
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The Northern Pygmy Owl is the most often seen owl in the park, maybe because it is one of the few owls to hunt during the day.
Photo by Sally King

Did You Know?

Dog Petroglyph from Long House

The Ancestral Pueblo people carved petroglyphs into the soft tuff rock above many of the dwellings built along the cliffs.