Typical owl
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Diversity of Striginae
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Clade: Afroaves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Subfamily: Striginae
Vigors, 1825

Typical owls, subfamily Striginae is a subfamily of true owls. Most owl species are in this subfamily, except the owlets, and hawk-owls.


Typical owls are very small to (scops-owls, screech-owls) to very large (Eurasian Eagle-Owl).[1] They might be earless or have ear tufts, and their colour is brown, reddish-brown, greyish-brown, rufous, yellowish-brown, brown, grey, with streaks and spots.[1]

Their eyes range from yellow, pale yellow, orange-brown, honey-brown, chestnut-brown, deep orange.[1]

The cere can grey, creamy-yellow, yellow.[1]

Their bills can be grey, greyish-brown, blackish-horn, pale yellow, light greenish-yellow, dark greenish-black, yellow, greyish-yellow.[1]


Typical owls feed on insects and other arthropods, mammals, birds, frogs, reptiles and fish. Great Horned Owl feeds upon mammals the size of rabbits.[1]



Otini: Scops-owls

Asionini: Eared Owls

  • Genus Ptilopsis - white-faced owls, 2 species
  • Genus Nesasio - Fearful Owl
  • Genus Asio - eared owls, 6-7 species

Megascopini: Screech-owls


Strigini: Wood-owls

  • Genus Jubula - Maned Owl
  • Genus Strix - earless owls, some 10 species
  • Genus Ciccaba - split from Strix, 11 species

Bubonini: Eagle-owls


  1. ^ a b c d e f Mikkola, Heimo (2012). Owls of the World: A Photographic Guide. Firefly Books Ltd. ISBN 9781770851368. 

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