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Strigidae – Owls

Great Horned Owl in Georgia, USA: Photo by Nathan Mixon

Welcome to our Strigidae hub! Embark on a journey into the world of true owls, where wisdom meets the night. Discover a wealth of information in our ID guides and articles, unraveling the secrets of these majestic nocturnal hunters. From their haunting calls to their silent flight, delve into the fascinating lives of the diverse species within the Strigidae family.

Overview of Strigidae

Introducing the Strigidae family, the owls, iconic nocturnal hunters with a repertoire of evolutionary marvels tailored for night-time prowess. These adept predators boast an array of adaptations: finely-tuned ears, sometimes with uneven, asymmetrical openings, facilitating precise prey localization through sound; whisper-soft flight feathers for silent aerial maneuvers; forward-facing eyes nestled within a flat facial disk, enhancing binocular vision and sensory input; and the remarkable ability to rotate their heads a staggering 270 degrees. Their robust feet and legs, featuring a versatile fourth toe that effortlessly switches between front and back perching positions, further strengthen their mastery of the night.