Owls are classified into two families, Strigidae – the typical or true owls, and Tytonidae the barn-owls, we will consider Strigidae on this post, but they are both in the same Order Strigiformes, and are of Type – nocturnal-raptor.
Strigidae is a large family of over 200 species that except for Antarctica has a worldwide distribution. They are chiefly characterized by their broad, round, flat face, their specially adapted flight feathers that are silent in flight, their nocturnal-raptor habit of hunting and are typically solitary in their behaviour. In our region Strigidae has three relevant sub-families, as shown below. Strigidae - Owls+ contains the following sub-families... Eagle-owls Owls Scops-owls Additional information Best of Owls Owls have superior senses Odd facts about owls How to go looking for Owls