Name: Ed H.
If birds mate for life, what happens when a mate
dies? Does it go on without a mate or does it find another mate?
First of all, not all birds mate for life. Many speices do not. Crows, some owl species, and some other
large birds have been known to do so.
The limited information about your requests does indicate that, in owls, new mates are found after
the death of one of the pair. Many younger birds that have not mated or just entered sexual
maturity seems to be the most likely new mate.
Penguin studies have supported this notion very well. How all of this is accomplished is not
completely undertstood. I guess we have to learn how to speak the languages better! :-)
I hope I have helped.
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