Owls are the nocturnal raptors belonging to the Strigiformes order. Owls are found on every continent except Antarctica. They are immediately recognizable by their round, flat faces and large forward-facing eyes. Owls have incredible night vision and hearing and are nearly silent in flight, making them remarkable night-time hunters.
There are two accepted families of owls, "typical" or "true" owls in the family Strigidae and barns owls in Tytonidae.
In the United States common owls include:
See the Poo-Poo Project page for information on Teton Raptor Center's conservation project to protect owls from becoming entrapped in vault toilets.