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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-119
Number of pages6
JournalWilson Journal of Ornithology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

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© 2015 by the Wilson Ornithological Society.


  • Barn Owl
  • Israel
  • Tyto alba
  • communal nesting
  • cooperative breeding
  • polygamy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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