Strigiformes

The Strigiformes, or owls, consist of 173 species in two families. These birds have a number of adaptations to stalking prey at night. Their wings have a series of soft, fluffy plumage that allows them to fly silently. The ears on each side of their head are of different sizes and shapes allowing them to pinpoint their prey. This combined with the disk shape of the head that funnels sound, and large eyes, make them excellent nocturnal hunters.

Family Common name Total number
Strigidae Typical Owls 156 (23)
Tytonidae Barn Owls, Masked Owls 17 (2)

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