Typical owls are small to large solitary nocturnal birds of prey. They have large forward-facing eyes and ears, a hawk-like beak, and a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye called a facial disk. There are 195 species world wide, 21 North American species, and nine Florida species which are: Flammulated Owl (Otus flammeolus), Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio), Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus), Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus), Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia), Barred Owl (Strix varia), Long-eared Owl (Asio otus), Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus), and Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus).
Barn owls are medium to large sized owls with large heads and characteristic heart-shaped faces. They have long strong legs with powerful talons. There are 16 species world wide, one North American species, and one Florida species of Barn Owl (Tyto alba).
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