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. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament. Owls are characterized by their small beaks and wide faces, and are divided into two families: the typical owls, Strigidae; and the barn-owls, Tytonidae.
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... Family Tytonidae (Barn and Bay owls) Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - U/RB - Under bridges, CR, JL, KD, ST, Toa Payoh, Marina Barrage Bay Owl (Phodilus badius) - Ex/RB Family ...
... All owls are listed in Appendix II of the international CITES treaty (the Convention on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) ... Although owls have long been hunted, a 2008 news story from Malaysia indicates that the magnitude of owl poaching may be on the rise ... In November 2008, TRAFFIC reported the seizure of 900 plucked and "oven-ready" owls in Peninsular Malaysia ...
... The Moluccan Masked Owl (Tyto sororcula), also known as the Lesser Masked Owl, Effraie Des Tanimbar or Lechuza De Las Tanimbar, is a species of owl in the Tytonidae family ...
... The Mayotte Scops-owl (Otus mayottensis) is a species of owl in the Strigidae family ... It is endemic to Comoros ...
... The Middle American Screech Owl (Megascops guatemalae), also known as the Middle American Screech Owl, is a species of owl in the Strigidae family ... Some authorities include Chocó Screech Owl and Foothill Screech Owl in M ... guatemalae, but under the English name Vermiculated Screech Owl ...
Famous quotes containing the word owl:
“The eastern light our spires touch at morning,
The light that slants upon our western doors at evening,
The twilight over stagnant pools at batflight,
Moon light and star light, owl and moth light,
Glow-worm glowlight on a grassblade.
O Light Invisible, we worship Thee!”
—T.S. (Thomas Stearns)
“The little owl flew through the night,
As if the people in the air
Were frightened and he frightened them,
By being there....”
—Wallace Stevens (18791955)
“It was the owl that shrieked, the fatal bellman,
Which gives the sternst good night.”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)