The family Strigidae is the larger of the two families of owls, with close to 190 species. Typical owls have large, rounded heads, forward-facing eyes, facial discs of feathers, and strong, hooked beaks; solid, stocky bodies with dense feathering; moderately short tails; strong feet with talons; subtle coloration makes these birds well camouflaged.

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