Order Strigiformes

Family Tytonidae

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  • Large-headed owls with heart-shaped facial disc, long legs and strong feet, usually with well-developed talons; plumage generally brown through buff and cream to white, spotted, speckled or barred.
  • Almost cosmopolitan.
  • Wide variety of habitats, from dense forest to desert, as well as urban landscapes and towns; from cool temperate zone to tropics, and from sea-level up to c. 4000 m.
  • 23-57 cm.
  • 2 genera, 16 species, 65 taxa.
  • 6 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Bruce, M.D. (2019). Barn-owls (Tytonidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52259 on 8 December 2019).