The Owls are the order Strigiformes, comprising 200 extant bird of prey species. Most are solitary, and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g. the Northern Hawk Owl).
Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds, though a few species specialize in hunting fish.
They are found in all regions of the Earth except Antarctica, most of Greenland, and some remote islands. Though owls are typically solitary, the literary collective noun for a group of owls is a parliament.
Living owls are divided into two families: the typical owls – Strigidae; and the barn-owls – Tytonidae.