A month after the waterfowl one of the Owls, a Tropical Screech Owl, has laid eggs.
The eggs were laid by the mother of Mugi, a popular owl in the Garden. If the eggs hatch all right, they'll be brothers or sisters of Mugi.
These are the eggs.
They were not stollen from the parents;they were left on the floor after they were laid. They are kept in the incubator now for artificial incubation.
A comparison with an egg of Mandarin Duck that was in the same incubator.
The small egg on the left is that of the owl, right is that of the duck.
It's different not only in its size but also in its shape;the egg of Mandarin Duck is somewhat slender.
Most species of owls lay their eggs in a nest that is built in a cavity of the tree trunk, so there's no worry for the eggs to roll out of the nest. That's why their egg is roundish compared to waterfowls or chickens.
The eggs will hatch by the end of April if nothing goes wrong.
After we found three eggs of Tropical Screech Owl on the floor of the cage of their parents, we installed a roost in the cage.
Soon after we installed the roost, the parents went into it.
Even the owl staff is yet to confirm if the owls are sitting on new eggs or not, for disturbance can cause the birds to abandon the eggs.
Whatever change we find, it'll be reported here. Please don't miss it!
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