Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus asio) successfully hatches Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa) egg
Throughout much of the eastern United States, Eastern Screech-Owls are found in forested habitats consisting primarily of second-growth timber. Consequently, natural cavities for nesting owls may be the limiting factors for their distribution. In areas where natural cavities occur at low densities, Eastern Screech-Owls nest in a variety of sites, including nest boxes (Van Camp and Henny 1975, McComb and Noble 1981, Fowler and Dimmick 1983, Gehlbach 1994a). In areas managed for waterfowl, observations of Eastern Screech-Owls using Wood Duck nest boxes are common (Bell rose and Holm 1994). but this is the first account of an Eastern Screech-Owl incubating and hatching a Wood Duck egg.
Author: Chad A. Manlove
Volume Number: 43 Year Published: 1997
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 10
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/1997/Vol. 43 No 2 1997_p10-12.pdf
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