Owls have sharp, hooked bills; large, forward-facing eyes; big heads; round or heart-shaped faces; flexible necks; long bodies; sharp talons; and soft, thick feathers. Many species have feathered legs and feet.
Most species are nocturnal; their soft feathers help them fly silently after their prey. Owls eat small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, eggs, and fish.
cryptic coloration that helps camouflage them from their prey.
Males and females look alike, but males are usually larger. Owls have distinctive vocalizations that range from soft hoots to screeching calls.