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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Owls

Scientific system: Howard et al.

Familia: Strigidae

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The family of Owls is found worldwide. They have compact bodies (13 cm - 70 cm) and usually wide wings and rounded tails. The toes are strong, one of which is a turning toe that helps with grip. The head is large, the neck short. The eyes are directed rather forward, the beak is short and hook-shaped. Owls mainly hunt at night, benefiting from their noiseless flight and sharp hearing.

Otus

     sagittatus - White-fronted Scops Owl (2)
     rufescens - Reddish Scops Owl (1)
     icterorhynchus - Sandy Scops Owl (2)
     ireneae - Sokoke Scops Owl (1)
     balli - Andaman Scops Owl (1)
     alfredi - Flores Scops Owl (1)
     spilocephalus - Mountain Scops Owl (2)
     brookii - Rajah Scops Owl (1)
     angelinae - Javan Scops Owl (2)
     mentawi - Mentawai Scops Owl
     bakkamoena - Collared Scops Owl (7)
     fuliginosus - Palawan Scops Owl
     megalotis - Philippine Scops Owl (3)
     silvicola - Wallace's Scops Owl (1)
     mirus - Mindanao Scops Owl
     longicornis - Luzon Scops Owl (1)
     mindorensis - Mindoro Scops Owl
     brucei - Pallid Scops Owl (2)
     senegalensis - African Scops Owl (6)
     scops - Eurasian Scops Owl (4)
     sunia - Oriental Scops Owl (1)
     flammeolus - Flammulated Owl (3)
     magicus - Moluccan Scops Owl (3)
     mantananensis - Mantanani Scops Owl (1)
     elegans - Ryukyu Scops Owl (1)
     manadensis - Sulawesi Scops Owl (1)
     collari - Sangihe Scops Owl (1)
     beccarii - Biak Scops Owl
     insularis - Seychelles Scops Owl (1)
     umbra - Simeulue Scops Owl
     alius - Nicobar Scops Owl (1)
     pembaensis - Pemba Scops Owl (1)
     pauliani - Karthala Scops Owl (1)
     capnodes - Anjouan Scops Owl (1)
     moheliensis - Moheli Scops Owl (1)
     mayottensis - Mayotte Scops Owl (1)
     madagascariensis - Torotoroka Scops Owl (2)
     rutilus - Rainforest Scops Owl (1)
     hartlaubi - Sao Tome Scops Owl (1)
     asio - Eastern Screech Owl (3)
     kennicottii - Western Screech Owl (2)
     seductus - Balsas Screech Owl (1)
     cooperi - Pacific Screech Owl (1)
     trichopsis - Whiskered Screech Owl (2)
     choliba - Tropical Screech Owl (2)
     roboratus - West Peruvian Screech Owl
     koepckeae - Koepcke's Screech Owl (1)
     clarkii - Bare-shanked Screech Owl (1)
     barbarus - Bearded Screech Owl (1)
     ingens - Rufescent Screech Owl (1)
     colombianus - Colombian Screech Owl (1)
     petersoni - Cinnamon Screech Owl (1)
     marshalli - Cloud-forest Screech Owl
     watsonii - Tawny-bellied Screech Owl (1)
     guatemalae - Middle American Screech Owl (1)
     vermiculatus - Vermiculated Screech Owl (1)
     hoyi - Yungas Screech Owl (1)
     atricapilla - Black-capped Screech Owl (1)
     sanctaecatarinae - Long-tufted Screech Owl (1)
     nudipes - Puerto Rican Screech Owl (2)
     albogularis - White-throated Screech Owl (1)

Pyrroglaux

     podarginus - Palau Owl

Gymnoglaux

     lawrencii - Bare-legged Owl (2)

Ptilopsis

     leucotis - Northern White-faced Owl (3)
     granti - Southern White-faced Owl (3)

Mimizuku

     gurneyi - Giant Scops Owl (2)

Nyctea

     scandiaca - Snowy Owl (10)

Bubo

     virginianus - Great Horned Owl (8)
     bubo - Eurasian Eagle-Owl (10)
     ascalaphus - Pharaoh Eagle-Owl (2)
     capensis - Cape Eagle-Owl (5)
     africanus - Spotted Eagle-Owl (4)
     cinerascens - Greyish Eagle-Owl (1)
     poensis - Fraser's Eagle-Owl (3)
     vosseleri - Usambara Eagle-Owl (1)
     nipalensis - Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl (1)
     sumatranus - Barred Eagle-Owl (2)
     shelleyi - Shelley's Eagle-Owl (1)
     lacteus - Verreaux's Eagle-Owl (4)
     coromandus - Dusky Eagle-Owl (3)
     leucostictus - Akun Eagle-Owl (1)
     philippensis - Philippine Eagle-Owl (1)
     blakistoni - Blakiston's Fish Owl (3)

Ketupa

     zeylonensis - Brown Fish Owl (3)
     flavipes - Tawny Fish Owl (1)
     ketupu - Buffy Fish Owl (2)

Scotopelia

     peli - Pel's Fishing Owl (2)
     ussheri - Rufous Fishing Owl (2)
     bouvieri - Vermiculated Fishing Owl (2)

Strix

     seloputo - Spotted Wood Owl (3)
     ocellata - Mottled Wood Owl (2)
     leptogrammica - Brown Wood Owl (4)
     aluco - Tawny Owl (9)
     butleri - Hume's Owl (3)
     occidentalis - Spotted Owl (3)
     varia - Barred Owl (5)
     fulvescens - Fulvous Owl (2)
     hylophila - Rusty-barred Owl (2)
     chacoensis - Chaco Owl (1)
     rufipes - Rufous-legged Owl (1)
     uralensis - Ural Owl (6)
     nebulosa - Great Grey Owl (10)
     woodfordii - African Wood Owl (5)
     virgata - Mottled Owl (2)
     albitarsis - Rufous-banded Owl (2)

Ciccaba

     nigrolineata - Black-and-white Owl (2)
     huhula - Black-banded Owl (1)

Jubula

     lettii - Maned Owl (2)

Lophostrix

     cristata - Crested Owl (3)

Pulsatrix

     perspicillata - Spectacled Owl (6)
     koeniswaldiana - Tawny-browed Owl (1)
     melanota - Band-bellied Owl (2)

Surnia

     ulula - Northern Hawk-Owl (8)

Glaucidium

     passerinum - Eurasian Pygmy Owl (5)
     brodiei - Collared Owlet (3)
     perlatum - Pearl-spotted Owlet (4)
     gnoma - Mountain Pygmy Owl (8)
     costaricanum - Costa Rican Pygmy Owl (1)
     nubicola - Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (1)
     jardinii - Andean Pygmy Owl (4)
     bolivianum - Yungas Pygmy Owl (1)
     palmarum - Colima Pygmy Owl (1)
     sanchezi - Tamaulipas Pygmy Owl (1)
     griseiceps - Central American Pygmy Owl (1)
     parkeri - Subtropical Pygmy Owl
     hardyi - Amazonian Pygmy Owl (1)
     minutissimum - East Brazilian Pygmy Owl (1)
     brasilianum - Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (6)
     peruanum - Pacific Pygmy Owl (1)
     nanum - Austral Pygmy-Owl (2)
     siju - Cuban Pygmy Owl (1)
     tephronotum - Red-chested Owlet (2)
     sjostedti - Sjostedt's Barred Owlet (1)
     cuculoides - Asian Barred Owlet (1)
     castanopterum - Javan Owlet (1)
     radiatum - Jungle Owlet (1)
     castanonotum - Chestnut-backed Owlet (2)
     capense - African Barred Owlet (3)

Xenoglaux

     loweryi - Long-whiskered Owlet

Micrathene

     whitneyi - Elf Owl (4)

Athene

     noctua - Little Owl (7)
     brama - Spotted Owlet (1)
     cunicularia - Burrowing Owl (7)

Heteroglaux

     blewitti - Forest Owlet (2)

Aegolius

     funereus - Boreal Owl (7)
     acadicus - Northern Saw-whet Owl (3)
     ridgwayi - Unspotted Saw-whet Owl (1)
     harrisii - Buff-fronted Owl (1)

Ninox

     rufa - Rufous Boobook (1)
     strenua - Powerful Boobook (2)
     connivens - Barking Boobook (2)
     rudolfi - Sumba Boobook (2)
     boobook - Southern Boobook (2)
     novaeseelandiae - Morepork (3)
     scutulata - Brown Hawk-Owl (4)
     affinis - Andaman Hawk-Owl (1)
     superciliaris - White-browed Hawk-Owl (1)
     sumbensis - Little Sumba Hawk-Owl
     philippensis - Philippine Hawk-Owl (2)
     ochracea - Ochre-bellied Boobook (2)
     ios - Cinnabar Boobook (1)
     squamipila - Moluccan Boobook (4)
     natalis - Christmas Boobook (1)
     theomacha - Jungle Boobook (1)
     meeki - Manus Boobook
     punctulata - Speckled Boobook
     variegata - Barred Boobook (2)
     odiosa - Spangled Boobook (1)
     jacquinoti - Solomons Boobook (1)

Uroglaux

     dimorpha - Papuan Hawk-Owl (2)

Sceloglaux

     albifacies - Laughing Owl (5)

Pseudoscops

     grammicus - Jamaican Owl (3)
     clamator - Striped Owl (2)

Nesasio

     solomonensis - Fearful Owl

Asio

     stygius - Stygian Owl (2)
     otus - Long-eared Owl (7)
     abyssinicus - Abyssinian Owl (2)
     madagascariensis - Madagascar Owl (1)
     flammeus - Short-eared Owl (7)
     capensis - Marsh Owl (2)

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