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PHOTOS: Trio of Baby Burrowing Owls Hatch at the Queens Zoo

 One of the new owlets with an adult burrowing owl at the Queens Zoo.
One of the new owlets with an adult burrowing owl at the Queens Zoo.
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The Queens Zoo recently welcomed three new feathered friends to its menagerie — a trio of baby burrowing owls that hatched there last month, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

The three owlets hatched sometime in late May or early June, but stayed in their burrow for several weeks being fed by their parents and only began to venture outside recently, according to the zoo.

The burrowing owls are among a group of nine at the zoo, and are unique compared to other types of owls because they're active during the day instead of night, usually hunting at dusk and at dawn, officials said.

Owlet at the Queens Zoo

The species commonly nests in burrows dug by prairie dogs or other animals, where the females lay and incubate their eggs for 30 days while the male owls bring back food.

Queens Zoo opened the burrowing owl exhibit last year, where visitors can also see thick-billed parrots and roadrunners, according to the WCS.

The owlets haven't been named. A zoo representative told the New York Times that they only assign monikers to large animals and those that are not a part of a large group.