When mates are available the couples often go through courtship rituals that involve calling. A female is attracted to a male by his good nest site, his flights, calls, and food offerings. Different owl couples have relationships that last from one breeding season, to a year, or a lifetime. During mating and breeding season owls will become very territorial. They will violently attack any intruder with their talons and feet directed at the on-comers face and eyes. As a warning to intruders, some will show buoyant flight and wing clapping displays.
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