The little owl stands just outside its burrow, checking the surroundings, in the desert West of the Phoenix area.
These owls are threatened by the development of new neighborhoods and industries.
To learn more about this interesting small owl check it out here: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/burrowing_owl/id
While it will use burrows made by other animals, it can also make its own burrow. Construction has destroyed many of its previous habitats, and groups in Arizona are providing man made habitats, such as large pipes. This owl lives in the wild and, as is often the case, has made its burrow along an embankment next to an open field. I believe this is the male, as its mate is larger. Because it lives near a community farm, it is used to people coming and going and much more willing to be near people than most Burrowing Owls.