Owls are a large group of predatory birds, meaning that they usually hunt for their food. There are about 200 different owl species. These species can be divided into two groups, known as barn owls and typical owls. Owls can usually be spotted by their wide faces, large round eyes and small beaks. However, owl species vary greatly in size, coloring and behavior.
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Most owls are nocturnal, meaning that they hunt at night, but there are exceptions. Depending on their size, owls will hunt for mammals, such as rats and mice, small amphibians such as frogs, or even insects. An owl’s diet depends greatly on where the species is located. Owls inhabit almost every part of the earth, with the exceptions of some small islands and Antarctica.