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| width=800 colspan=3 | Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces.
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| width=960 colspan=4 | Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces.
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Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets—as are those of other birds—so they must turn their entire head to change views. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes—like feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers". Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.
 
Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets—as are those of other birds—so they must turn their entire head to change views. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes—like feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers". Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.
  
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| width=265 | [[File:African grass owl.jpg|60px|link= African grass owl]][[African grass owl]]
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| width=240 | [[File:African grass owl.jpg|60px|link=African grass owl]][[African grass owl]]
| width=265 | [[Australian Masked Owl]]
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| width=240 | [[Australian masked owl]]
| width=265 | [[File:Blakiston's Fish Owl.jpg|60px|link= Blakiston's Fish Owl]] [[Blakiston's Fish Owl]]
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| width=240 | [[File:Barn Owl.jpg|60px|link=Barn owl]][[Barn owl]]
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| width=240 | [[File:Blakiston's Fish Owl.jpg|60px|link=Blakiston's fish owl]][[Blakiston's fish owl]]
 
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| [[Brown hawk-owl]]
 
| [[Brown hawk-owl]]
| [[File:600px-Kaiyodo cQM Burrowing Owl 2.jpg|60px|link= Burrowing owl]] [[Burrowing owl]]
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| [[File:600px-Kaiyodo cQM Burrowing Owl 2.jpg|60px|link=Burrowing owl]][[Burrowing owl]]
| [[File:Barn Owl.jpg|60px|link= Common Barn Owl]] [[Common Barn Owl]]
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| [[File:Eastern Screech Owl.JPG|60px|link=Eastern screech owl]][[Eastern screech owl]]
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| [[File:Eurasian eagle-owl.jpg|60px|link=Eurasian eagle-owl]][[Eurasian eagle-owl]]
| [[File:Eastern Screech Owl.JPG|60px|link= Eastern Screech Owl]][[Eastern Screech Owl]]
 
| [[File:Eurasian eagle-owl.jpg|60px|link= Eurasian eagle-owl]] [[Eurasian eagle-owl]]
 
| [[File:Great gray owl.jpg|60px|link= Great gray owl]] [[Great gray owl]]  
 
 
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| [[File:Great Horned Owl.jpg|60px|link= Great Horned Owl]] [[Great Horned Owl]]
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| [[File:Great gray owl.jpg|60px|link=Great grey owl]][[Great grey owl]]
| [[File:Japanese Scops Owl.jpg|60px|link=Japanese Scops Owl]] [[Japanese Scops Owl]]
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| [[File:Great Horned Owl.jpg|60px|link=Great horned owl]][[Great horned owl]]
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| [[File:Japanese Scops Owl.jpg|60px|link=Japanese scops owl]][[Japanese scops owl]]
 
| [[File:CapsuleQ Little owl.jpg|60px|link=Little owl]] [[Little owl]]
 
| [[File:CapsuleQ Little owl.jpg|60px|link=Little owl]] [[Little owl]]
 
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| [[File:Long-eared owl.jpg|60px|link= Long-eared owl]] [[Long-eared owl]]
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| [[File:Long-eared owl.jpg|60px|link=Long-eared owl]][[Long-eared owl]]
| [[File:S&N Boobook Owl-8.jpg|60px|link= Morepork ]] [[Morepork]]
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| [[File:CapsuleQ  Northern White-faced Owl.jpg|60px|link=Northern white-faced owl]][[Northern white-faced owl]]
| [[File:CapsuleQ  Northern White-faced Owl.jpg|60px|link=Northern White-faced Owl]] [[Northern White-faced Owl]]
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|[[Short-eared owl]]
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| [[File:Snowy owl.jpg|60px|link=Snowy owl]][[Snowy owl]]
 
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| [[Short-eared Owl]]
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| [[File:S&N Boobook Owl-8.jpg|60px|link=Southern boobook]][[Southern boobook]]
| [[File:Snowy owl.jpg|60px|link= Snowy owl]] [[Snowy owl]]
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| [[File:600px-Kaiyodo cQM Spectacled Owl 42.jpg|60px|link=Spectacled owl]][[Spectacled owl]]
| [[File:600px-Kaiyodo cQM Spectacled Owl 42.jpg|60px|link= Spectacled owl]] [[Spectacled owl]]
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| [[File:Kaiyodo CQ Striped owl 1.jpg~original.jpg|60px|link=Striped owl]][[Striped owl]]
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| [[File:Tawny owl.jpg|60px|link= Tawny owl]] [[Tawny owl]]
 
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| [[File:Kaiyodo CQ Striped owl 1.jpg~original.jpg|60px|link= Striped owl]] [[Striped owl]]
 
| [[File:Tawny owl.jpg|60px|link= Tawny owl]] [[Tawny owl]]
 
 
| [[File:Ural owl.jpg|60px|link= Ural owl]] [[Ural owl]]
 
| [[File:Ural owl.jpg|60px|link= Ural owl]] [[Ural owl]]
  
 
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Revision as of 22:33, 26 September 2016

Owls are a group of birds that belong to the order Strigiformes, constituting 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Northern Hawk Owl). Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, although a few species specialize in hunting fish. They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces.

Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear-holes; a hawk-like beak; a flat face; and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers, a facial disc, around each eye. The feathers making up this disc can be adjusted in order to sharply focus sounds that come from varying distances onto the owls' asymmetrically placed ear cavities. Most birds of prey sport eyes on the sides of their heads, but the stereoscopic nature of the owl's forward-facing eyes permits the greater sense of depth perception necessary for low-light hunting. Although owls have binocular vision, their large eyes are fixed in their sockets—as are those of other birds—so they must turn their entire head to change views. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to see clearly anything within a few centimeters of their eyes. Caught prey can be felt by owls with the use of filoplumes—like feathers on the beak and feet that act as "feelers". Their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good.

For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

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African grass owl.jpgAfrican grass owl Australian masked owl Barn Owl.jpgBarn owl Blakiston's Fish Owl.jpgBlakiston's fish owl
Brown hawk-owl 600px-Kaiyodo cQM Burrowing Owl 2.jpgBurrowing owl Eastern Screech Owl.JPGEastern screech owl Eurasian eagle-owl.jpgEurasian eagle-owl
Great gray owl.jpgGreat grey owl Great Horned Owl.jpgGreat horned owl Japanese Scops Owl.jpgJapanese scops owl CapsuleQ Little owl.jpg Little owl
Long-eared owl.jpgLong-eared owl CapsuleQ Northern White-faced Owl.jpgNorthern white-faced owl Short-eared owl Snowy owl.jpgSnowy owl
S&N Boobook Owl-8.jpgSouthern boobook 600px-Kaiyodo cQM Spectacled Owl 42.jpgSpectacled owl Kaiyodo CQ Striped owl 1.jpg~original.jpgStriped owl Tawny owl.jpg Tawny owl
Ural owl.jpg Ural owl