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1 March 2015 A Record of Communal Nesting in the Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
Ezra Hadad, Alexandre Roulin, Motti Charter
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We report a unique case of two female Barn Owls laying eggs and incubating together in a single nest cup in a communal nest. A trio of two females and one male bred in an abandoned water tower in 2013 in Israel. Both females incubated/brooded together in the communal nest, and all three individuals brought food to the communal family. The two females laid 20 eggs, of which 19 hatched and 16 fledged.

2015 by the Wilson Ornithological Society
Ezra Hadad, Alexandre Roulin, and Motti Charter "A Record of Communal Nesting in the Barn Owl (Tyto alba)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127(1), 114-119, (1 March 2015).
Received: 26 October 2013; Accepted: 1 July 2014; Published: 1 March 2015
barn owl
communal nesting
cooperative breeding
Tyto alba
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