Owl

Owl

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.

Read more about Owl:  Anatomy, Behavior, Adaptations For Hunting, Evolution and Systematics, Use As Rodent Control, Conservation Issues

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    The owl is abroad, the bat and the toad,
    And so is the cat-a-mountain;
    The ant and the mole sit both in a hole,
    And frog peeps out o’ the fountain.
    Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

    The little owl flew through the night,
    As if the people in the air
    Were frightened and he frightened them,
    By being there....
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    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)