The Owl Dating Game
Male owls will look for a mate by calling out late in the day in an attempt to woo a female owl. Once the female is intrigued, the male owl will start to show off for her by puffing out his feathers, bringing her food, or flying around.
The female will then make a decision if the man is right for her. If she decides she wants to be with him, they’ll spend more time together and preen each other, which consists of rubbing their bills across each other’s faces.
The number of eggs a female lays depends on her species and the amount of food available. The more prey there is around, the more eggs she’ll lay. Once laid, she’ll sit on the eggs to incubate them. During this time, the male will go out to hunt and bring food back to the nest.
Owl eggs are more spherical in shape than other bird’s eggs. They’ll usually be laid every two days, and will hatch a few weeks later in the order in which they were laid. This means that the first eggs laid could be 2-3 weeks older than the youngest.