Snowy Owl Parents

Snowy Owl Parents

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  • Finding a Mate
  • Breeding
  • Egg Delivery
  • In late winter, the male Snowy Owl will attempt to seek out a mate. Snowy Owls are monogamous which means it is one male and one female mating. The male will perform an aerial display in hopes of catching a female'e eye.
  • Hatching!
  • Once a pair has found each other, they breed between May and September. The male will then establish his territory and the female begins working on the nest.
  • First Few Weeks
  • There are usually 3-11 white eggs laid in the nest. If there are more food resources available they can lay up to 16 eggs.
  • Off On Their Own!
  • After 32-34 days the eggs hatch. Around one egg hatches per day. This will result in the chicks all being different ages and sizes while growing up in the nest.
  • Until the chicks are old enough to leave the nest, they are fed and protected by the parents. The dad goes out and gets the food which the mom then tears up to feed to the chicks.
  • The chicks will leave the nest when they are around 14-26 days old. They can't immediately fly, so the parents will continue to feed the chicks until they can hunt for themselves, which is around 5-7 weeks later.
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