The national animal of Aruba is the burrowing owl. Its scientific name is Athene Cunicularia. It belongs to the family of Strigidae, order of Strigiformes, phylum of Chordata and kingdom of Animalia.
It was chosen as a national symbol of Aruba in 2012. This small bird belongs to a class of Aves, which means birds or animals with feathers or scales. Burrowing owls are most commonly found in agricultural fields, grasslands and deserts. They are also known to live near waterholes as well as rock formations in dryer areas.
they found mostly in aruba. First, it is a type of animal that can live on its own and needs no help from other animals. It can dig its way into the ground and hide itself. they are really cute and funny animals. Their eyes look like shiny diamonds and their feathers look like peacock feathers when you see them in real life because these things make them look so pretty for everyone who sees them.
Burrowing Owl Physical Description
Burrowing Owl Aruba bird looks like a miniature version of the Barn Owl, but it has a small head with large ears and a short tail. It has a long, curved beak that is black with white spots around the edges. This bird has brown feathers on its back and wings with white feathers around its eyes and face. Its plumage is so dark that it blends into the night sky making it difficult for predators to spot this bird easily.
Facts About Burrowing Owl
- Burrowing Owl is the the official and native animal of Aruba country
- Diets: The burrowing owl eats insects that it digs from the ground with its mouth. It also eats worms and snails.
- Weights: The burrowing owl is about 1 to 2 inches long and weighs about 0.07 ounces (2 grams).
- Life Span: There are many different species of burrowing owl that have been known to live up to 10 years or more in captivity.
- Speed: They can fly estimately at speeds up to 30 kmph (18 mph)
- Burrowing Owl is also a symbol of Aruba’s natural beauty.
Why is Burrowing Owl the national animal of Aruba?
There are many reasons to choose Burrowing Owl as the national animal of aruba because of the following:
It is a very common animal in our country and it has been here for a long time. It is an animal that can be found in any part of the world and it is therefore associated with all countries, including Aruba. It has a great representation in our culture and many people around us know about it or have seen it at least once, which makes it a very common animal in Aruba too.
The burrowing owls are known to be very intelligent and have a great memory. They are also known to be able to adapt to their environment by changing their behavior according to the demands of their surroundings. So, due to all these facts and features Burrowing Owl officially become the national animal of Aruba.