By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Female Barn Owl 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Why Barn Owls Divorce

About 25% of barn owls will find themselves in the midst of a divorce at some point or another, National Geographic reports. Researchers who observed the species in Switzerland for 24 years say that although the birds are typically monogamous, they’ll part ways if breeding isn’t successful. Even so, the study—published online this week in the Journal of Evolutionary Biologynotes that the owl’s ultimate goal is to find a compatible mate and stick it out for the long run.

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