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owl Order Strigiformes

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Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus)Saw-Whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) One of the smallest owls, the saw-whet is 7 to 8 inches long, has a wing span of 17 to 19 inches, and weighs up to 5.5 ounces. It breeds across all of southern Canada and from southern Alaska into central Mexico.
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) This owl is aptly named, as both males and females are predominantly white in color, which allows them to all but disappear into the snowy tundra upon they live. One of the largest members of the owl family, the snowy is 20-27 inches long, has a wingspan of 54-65 inches, and weighs 2.5-4.5 pounds.
Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) The largest owl in North America is 1-2 feet long, has a wingspread of up to 5 feet, and weighs 3-3 pounds. Its large feet, which are feathered to the ends of the toes, are armed with very sharp talons capable of killing most prey instantly.
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa)Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) One of the larger owls, the great gray is 24-33 inches long, has a wingspan of 54-60 inches, and weighs 27-52 ounces. Distinctive marks include a black chin spot above two white "mustaches" and prominent white collar on the front of the neck.
Barred Owl (Strix varia)Barred Owl (Strix varia) A medium-sized owl, the barred owl is 16-25 inches long, has a wingspan of 38-50 inches, and weighs 16-38 ounces. Its alternate name "hoot owl" comes from its most common vocalization: "hoo, hoo, too-HOO; hoo, hoo, too-HOO, ooo."
Barn Owl (Tyto alba)Barn Owl (Tyto alba) This owl is easily identified by its distinctive white, heart-shaped face rimmed with brown. Its association with farm structures dates back to the earliest days of agriculture, when grain stores and fields were havens for the rodents upon which barn owls feed, and that association continues today.
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