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barn owls


The barn owls is a group of about 16 species. They are found mainly in tropical parts of the world but some species are found in more temperate areas. Most species live in forests, but some live in grasslands or open habitats. One species, also called the barn owl, is one of the most widespread and widely known species in this group. It is found throughout the world. Barn owls all have a characteristic, heart-shaped “facial disk.” Barn owls most often prey on small mammals. They can fly without making a sound and have excellent vision and hearing that allows them to catch prey at night.

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