Tom Burr, a friend of this blog, wonders: "Do screech owls always pick mates of
their own color phase, or do they not discriminate? And if two different color
phased owls mate, what color are the offspring?"
The first year I had screech owls move into the nesting box, I had a red-phased male and a gray-phased female.
I doubt they paid much attention to their mate's feather color.
I do not know if any of the owlets survived (which is why I eventually installed a camera,but that's another story). But later broods of owlets contained both red-phase and gray-phased Screechers even though both parents were gray-phase.
(I'd also like to note that these photos were taken more than four years ago, when I knew little about Screech Owls. The red-phase owl in the photo looks stressed out; I should retreated long before the photo was taken.) More on that in another post...
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