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Strigiformes - Owls



 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Strigiformes

Barred OwlThere are around 200 species of birds in this order. They are found in all parts of the world in a wide variety of habits.

Owls have sharp, hooked bills; large, forward-facing eyes; big heads; round or heart-shaped faces; flexible necks; long bodies; sharp talons; and soft, thick feathers. Many species have feathered legs and feet.

Most species are nocturnal; their soft feathers help them fly silently after their prey. Owls eat small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, eggs, and fish.

Most owls have cryptic coloration that helps camouflage them from their prey. Males and females look alike, but males are usually larger. Owls have distinctive vocalizations that range from soft hoots to screeching calls.

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