The members of this worldwide order - the owls - have short mobile necks, and commonly have soft fluffy plumage which silences their flight. Most owls are nocturnal. There are two families.
Barn owls: 10 species
The barn owls have heart-shaped faces, fully feathered long legs and a serrated comb on the middle claw. They nest in hollow trees and buildings and detect prey largely by sound.
Typical owls: 120 species
These round-faced birds, with huge eyes, bare feet and no serrated comb, hunt by sight as well as by sound. They nest in hollow trees, on cliff edges and in ground burrows.
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