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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Barn owls

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Tytonidae

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The family of Barn Owls includes only a few species, but one of them is a true cosmopolitan. It occurs on all continents and only avoids the colder areas of the earth. The body length ranges from 23 cm to 55 cm. The legs are quite long, the central claw is comb-like. The head is endowed with a conspicuous veil and has a curved beak. Barn owls are nocturnal hunters that fly noiselessly near the ground. They can hear directionally and are able to locate their prey by hearing only.

Tyto

     tenebricosa - Greater Sooty Owl (3)
     novaehollandiae - Australian Masked Owl (2)
     aurantia - Golden Masked Owl (2)
     almae - Seram Masked-Owl
     sororcula - Moluccan Masked Owl
     manusi - Manus Masked Owl
     nigrobrunnea - Taliabu Masked Owl (1)
     inexspectata - Minahassa Masked Owl
     rosenbergii - Sulawesi Masked Owl (1)
     longimembris - Eastern Grass-Owl (1)
     capensis - African Grass-Owl (3)
     alba - Barn Owl (12)
     deroepstorffi - Andaman Masked-Owl (1)
     glaucops - Ashy-faced Owl (3)
     soumagnei - Red Owl (1)

Phodilus

     badius - Oriental Bay Owl (4)
     assimilis - Sri Lanka Bay-Owl (1)
     prigoginei - Congo Bay Owl (1)

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