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The Postnatal Development of Two Broods of Great Horned Owls
Bubo virginianus

written by "Setzer, Henry W."
...he young were removed from the nest to a nearby balance, weighed, and examined. The owl last hatched (owl III) was weighed on the first day of life and on most subsequent days. The other two owls (designated as owls I and II)[Pg 162] were first weighed when they were between 53 and 60 hours old. On some days the birds were weighed twice, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon; on most days, they were weighed only in the late afternoon. The owl hatched in 1946 was weighed when seven days old and at irregular, but usually two day, intervals thereafter. It was weighed always slightly before midday. Fig. 1. Growth of four Great Horned Owls as shown by changes in weight from near the time of hatching until the time of leaving the nest. The growth of the four owls is well shown by the changes in weight recorded in figure 1. For the period during which the young owls remained at the nest, growth can be divided into two[Pg 163] phases: (1) a rapid increase in weight during the first 3-1/2 or 4 weeks while the parent birds are supplying the young with ample food; and (2) a subsequent period of slower growth, marked by fluctuations (actual losses as well as gains) in weight resulting from the failure of the parent birds to provide an ample supply of food. If there is an initial period of about one week in postnatal development in which there is a rather slow gain in weight, as suggested by Sumner (1933:284), it was poorly marked in this instance. Owl IV remained at the nest until the 50th day of age, and on the 47th and 49th days (not shown on chart, fig. 1) weighed 1,011.4 grams and 971.4 grams, respectively. By this age, the growth curve had definitely flattened out. The fact that owl IV was consistently heavier than owl III might be accounted for, in part, by the fact that owl IV was always weighed in the morning when it was gorged with food. However, Riddle, Charles, and Cauthen (1932) have pointed out that when there wer...

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