Call of the Wild: Barn Owls Recognize Sibling’s Call
A recent article in the BBC discusses the findings of a team of Swiss scientists that suggests that barn owl baby behavior may be much more complex than initially believed. In fact, the scientists note that they think barn owl siblings may be negotiating for food rather than fighting by giving certain calls that are recognized by their litter mates.
The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. The study notes that barn owls, species Tyto alba, are one of the most widespread animals in the world, found in every continent but Antarctica. The average clutch of eggs contains four to six, although up to 12 is not unheard of.
Owlets have long been seen negotiating for food instead of fighting their nest mates. This study attempted to interpret the vocal signals of the little owlets as they negotiated their needs among their litter for food.
While parents look for food, an average nestling may emit up to 5,000 calls in one night. Scientists believe that these sounds are not accidental or random since they use so much energy. Further, researchers were able to differentiate between calls that seem to vary by gender, age and situation, suggesting that barn owls have a much more complicated language pattern than previously believed.
Barn Owl Boxes Allow Insight Into Barn Owl Lives
One of the best ways to observe the life cycle of the barn owl is through a Barn Owl Box with an included infrared camera. This habitat is easy to install and allows native species to enter the box, make a nest and raise a brood of owlets, all while “streaming” to a live feed on the computer. You can download the video or stream it to the world, allowing everyone to see your barn owl family.
From the moment the mother and father choose and build their nesting place to the day the eggs are laid to the moment the owlets are born, you have a front-row seat for the miracle of the barn owl life cycle. You will be able to witness the growth and behavior of the owlets until they move off into the wild to begin their own families. In many cases, you will be able to observe two broods per year, depending on weather conditions and location.
Barn Owl Boxes is a great way to see the entire life cycle of the barn owl.
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