Do owls mate for life?



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    Some species of owls appear to mate for life, and some don’t. Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls appear to mate for life (note that no one is 100% sure if they do), while other species like Barn Owls do not.

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    It appears that most species of owls do indeed mate for life. This may be due to the time, energy & resources needed to establish a territory to then start mating. 

    Barred owls are known to form permanent relationships (usually beginning in the winter) and after a successful bond has been formed the two will establish a nest nearby unless threatened by predators or adverse circumstances. 

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    To elaborate on the answers from kkowalew and yzezzy, most owl species are monogamous (mate for life with one mate) or else mate for a season (not necessarily with the same partner).  Owls are extremely sensitive creatures, as expressed in the book “Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl” – when they are scared into a panic either by being handled by a human, or in transport from one place to another via human intervention – it is not uncommon for them to die of stress.  The habitat of owls across the United States is dwindling due to human activity (especially deforestation), which has led to conservation efforts such as setting up nesting boxes, in order to encourage breeding in some areas.  Please see the link attached – it includes information on owls in Idaho, but nevertheless is informative about an array of owl species.

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    Barred owls also seem to mate for life, although they only hang out together when raising young. When it’s not taking care of the young, mates occupy adjacent territory.

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