Strigidae – Owls

White-browed Owl ( ) by Dave's BirdingPix

White-browed Owl (Ninox superciliaris) by Dave’s BirdingPix

I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. (Psalms 102:6 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – STRIGIFORMES, Family – Strigidae – Owls

Latest I.O.C. Version
Species (226)

Giant Scops Owl (Otus gurneyi)
White-fronted Scops Owl (Otus sagittatus)
Reddish Scops Owl (Otus rufescens)
Serendib Scops Owl (Otus thilohoffmanni)
Sandy Scops Owl (Otus icterorhynchus)
Sokoke Scops Owl (Otus ireneae)
Andaman Scops Owl (Otus balli)
Flores Scops Owl (Otus alfredi)
Mountain Scops Owl (Otus spilocephalus)
Rajah Scops Owl (Otus brookii)
Javan Scops Owl (Otus angelinae)
Mentawai Scops Owl (Otus mentawi)
Indian Scops Owl (Otus bakkamoena)
Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia)
Japanese Scops Owl (Otus semitorques)
Sunda Scops Owl (Otus lempiji)
Palawan Scops Owl (Otus fuliginosus)
Philippine Scops Owl (Otus megalotis)
Everett’s Scops Owl (Otus everetti)
Negros Scops Owl (Otus nigrorum)
Wallace’s Scops Owl (Otus silvicola)
Mindanao Scops Owl (Otus mirus)
Luzon Scops Owl (Otus longicornis)
Mindoro Scops Owl (Otus mindorensis)
Pallid Scops Owl (Otus brucei)
African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis)
Arabian Scops Owl (Otus pamelae)
Eurasian Scops Owl (Otus scops)
Cyprus Scops Owl (Otus cyprius)
Oriental Scops Owl (Otus sunia)
Socotra Scops Owl (Otus socotranus)
Moluccan Scops Owl (Otus magicus)
Rinjani Scops Owl (Otus jolandae)
Sula Scops Owl (Otus sulaensis)
Siau Scops Owl (Otus siaoensis)
Mantanani Scops Owl (Otus mantananensis)
Ryukyu Scops Owl (Otus elegans)
Sulawesi Scops Owl (Otus manadensis)
Sangihe Scops Owl (Otus collari)
Biak Scops Owl (Otus beccarii)
Seychelles Scops Owl (Otus insularis)
Simeulue Scops Owl (Otus umbra)
Enggano Scops Owl (Otus enganensis)
Nicobar Scops Owl (Otus alius)
Pemba Scops Owl (Otus pembaensis)
Karthala Scops Owl (Otus pauliani)
Anjouan Scops Owl (Otus capnodes)
Moheli Scops Owl (Otus moheliensis)
Mayotte Scops Owl (Otus mayottensis)
Torotoroka Scops Owl (Otus madagascariensis)
Rainforest Scops Owl (Otus rutilus)
Sao Tome Scops Owl (Otus hartlaubi)
Reunion Owl (Mascarenotus grucheti)
Mauritius Owl (Mascarenotus sauzieri)
Rodrigues Owl (Mascarenotus murivorus)
Flammulated Owl (Psiloscops flammeolus)
Eastern Screech Owl (Megascops asio)
Western Screech Owl (Megascops kennicottii)
Balsas Screech Owl (Megascops seductus)
Pacific Screech Owl (Megascops cooperi)
Whiskered Screech Owl (Megascops trichopsis)
Tropical Screech Owl (Megascops choliba)
West Peruvian Screech Owl (Megascops roboratus)
Koepcke’s Screech Owl (Megascops koepckeae)
Bare-shanked Screech Owl (Megascops clarkii)
Bearded Screech Owl (Megascops barbarus)
Rufescent Screech Owl (Megascops ingens)
Cinnamon Screech Owl (Megascops petersoni)
Cloud-forest Screech Owl (Megascops marshalli)
Tawny-bellied Screech Owl (Megascops watsonii)
Middle American Screech Owl (Megascops guatemalae)
Vermiculated Screech Owl (Megascops vermiculatus)
Foothill Screech Owl (Megascops roraimae)
Choco Screech Owl (Megascops centralis)
Yungas Screech Owl (Megascops hoyi)
Black-capped Screech Owl (Megascops atricapilla)
Long-tufted Screech Owl (Megascops sanctaecatarinae)
Puerto Rican Screech Owl (Megascops nudipes)
White-throated Screech Owl (Megascops albogularis)
Santa Marta Screech Owl (Megascops gilesi)
Palau Owl (Pyrroglaux podargina)
Bare-legged Owl (Margarobyas lawrencii)
Northern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis leucotis)
Southern White-faced Owl (Ptilopsis granti)
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)
Lesser Horned Owl (Bubo magellanicus)
Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo)
Indian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bengalensis)
Pharaoh Eagle-Owl (Bubo ascalaphus)
Cape Eagle-Owl (Bubo capensis)
Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus)
Greyish Eagle-Owl (Bubo cinerascens)
Fraser’s Eagle-Owl (Bubo poensis)
Usambara Eagle-Owl (Bubo vosseleri)
Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl (Bubo nipalensis)
Barred Eagle-Owl (Bubo sumatranus)
Shelley’s Eagle-Owl (Bubo shelleyi)
Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus)
Dusky Eagle-Owl (Bubo coromandus)
Akun Eagle-Owl (Bubo leucostictus)
Philippine Eagle-Owl (Bubo philippensis)
Blakiston’s Fish Owl (Bubo blakistoni)
Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis)
Tawny Fish Owl (Ketupa flavipes)
Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu)
Pel’s Fishing Owl (Scotopelia peli)
Rufous Fishing Owl (Scotopelia ussheri)
Vermiculated Fishing Owl (Scotopelia bouvieri)
Spotted Wood Owl (Strix seloputo)
Mottled Wood Owl (Strix ocellata)
Brown Wood Owl (Strix leptogrammica)
Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
Himalayan Owl (Strix nivicolum)
Omani Owl (Strix butleri)
Desert Owl (Strix hadorami)
Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis)
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Cinereous Owl (Strix sartorii)
Fulvous Owl (Strix fulvescens)
Rusty-barred Owl (Strix hylophila)
Chaco Owl (Strix chacoensis)
Rufous-legged Owl (Strix rufipes)
Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)
Pere David’s Owl (Strix davidi)
Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)
African Wood Owl (Strix woodfordii)
Mottled Owl (Strix virgata)
Rufous-banded Owl (Strix albitarsis)
Black-and-white Owl (Strix nigrolineata)
Black-banded Owl (Strix huhula)
Maned Owl (Jubula lettii)
Crested Owl (Lophostrix cristata)
Spectacled Owl (Pulsatrix perspicillata)
Tawny-browed Owl (Pulsatrix koeniswaldiana)
Band-bellied Owl (Pulsatrix melanota)
Northern Hawk-Owl (Surnia ulula)
Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum)
Collared Owlet (Glaucidium brodiei)
Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum)
Northern Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium californicum)
Mountain Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium gnoma)
Baja Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium hoskinsii)
Guatemalan Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium cobanense)
Costa Rican Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium costaricanum)
Andean Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium jardinii)
Cloud-forest Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nubicola)
Yungas Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium bolivianum)
Colima Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium palmarum)
Tamaulipas Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium sanchezi)
Pernambuco Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium mooreorum)
Central American Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium griseiceps)
Subtropical Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium parkeri)
Amazonian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium hardyi)
East Brazilian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium minutissimum)
Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium brasilianum)
Pacific Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium peruanum)
Austral Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium nana)
Cuban Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium siju)
Red-chested Owlet (Glaucidium tephronotum)
Sjöstedt’s Barred Owlet (Glaucidium sjostedti)
Asian Barred Owlet (Glaucidium cuculoides)
Javan Owlet (Glaucidium castanopterum)
Jungle Owlet (Glaucidium radiatum)
Chestnut-backed Owlet (Glaucidium castanotum)
African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense)
Albertine Owlet (Glaucidium albertinum)
Long-whiskered Owlet (Xenoglaux loweryi)
Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi)
Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Spotted Owlet (Athene brama)
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia)
White-browed Owl (Athene superciliaris)
Forest Owlet (Athene blewitti)
Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus)
Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)
Bermuda Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius gradyi)
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius ridgwayi)
Buff-fronted Owl (Aegolius harrisii)
Rufous Owl (Ninox rufa)
Togian Boobook (Ninox burhani)
Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua)
Barking Owl (Ninox connivens)
Sumba Boobook (Ninox rudolfi)
Australian Boobook (Ninox boobook)
Rote Boobook (Ninox rotiensis)
Timor Boobook (Ninox fusca)
Alor Boobook (Ninox plesseni)
Morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
Brown Hawk-Owl (Ninox scutulata)
Northern Boobook (Ninox japonica)
Chocolate Boobook (Ninox randi)
Hume’s Hawk-Owl (Ninox obscura)
Andaman Hawk-Owl (Ninox affinis)
Luzon Hawk-Owl (Ninox philippensis)
Mindanao Hawk-Owl (Ninox spilocephala)
Mindoro Hawk-Owl (Ninox mindorensis)
Romblon Hawk-Owl (Ninox spilonotus)
Cebu Hawk-Owl (Ninox rumseyi)
Camiguin Hawk-Owl (Ninox leventisi)
Sulu Hawk-Owl (Ninox reyi)
Ochre-bellied Boobook (Ninox ochracea)
Cinnabar Boobook (Ninox ios)
Seram Boobook (Ninox squamipila)
Buru Boobook (Ninox hantu)
Halmahera Boobook (Ninox hypogramma)
Tanimbar Boobook (Ninox forbesi)
Christmas Boobook (Ninox natalis)
Papuan Boobook (Ninox theomacha)
Manus Boobook (Ninox meeki)
Speckled Boobook (Ninox punctulata)
New Ireland Boobook (Ninox variegata)
New Britain Boobook (Ninox odiosa)
Solomons Boobook (Ninox jacquinoti)
Little Sumba Hawk-Owl (Ninox sumbaensis)
Papuan Hawk-Owl (Uroglaux dimorpha)
Laughing Owl (Sceloglaux albifacies)
Jamaican Owl (Pseudoscops grammicus)
Striped Owl (Pseudoscops clamator)
Fearful Owl (Nesasio solomonensis)
Stygian Owl (Asio stygius)
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus)
Abyssinian Owl (Asio abyssinicus)
Madagascan Owl (Asio madagascariensis)
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
Marsh Owl (Asio capensis)


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Strigidae – OBI
Typical Owls (Strigidae) – IBC
True Owl – Wikipedia
Strigidae – Le quide ornitho

True owl or Typical owl (family Strigidae) are one of the two generally accepted families of Owls, the other being the barn owls (Tytonidae). This large family comprises around 189 living species in 25 genera. The typical owls have a cosmopolitan distribution and are found on every continent except Antarctica.

While typical owls (hereafter referred to simply as owls) vary greatly in size, with the smallest species, the Elf Owl, being a hundred times smaller than the largest, the Eurasian Eagle-Owl and Blakiston’s Fish Owl, owls generally share an extremely similar body plan. They tend to have large heads, short tails, cryptic plumage and round facial discs around the eyes. (Wikipedia with editing)

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