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Order Strigiformes


The Strigiformes are the owls. There are over 200 species of owl distributed globally, except for Antarctica, Greenland and a few remote islands. They are solitary, primarily nocturnal hunters (although some hunt at dawn or dusk), which feed on insects, small mammals and small birds. A few even specialise in hunting fish. They have several adaptions to a predatory lifestyle including a hawk-like beak, sharp claws, binocular vision and good hearing.


Author: Robert Davis
Last updated: 21/11/05

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