The Strigiformes (Owls) are an order of birds of prey, comprising 200 extant species. Most are solitary and nocturnal, with some exceptions (e.g., the Burrowing Owl). Owls mostly hunt 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.
Owls have large forward-facing eyes and ear holes, a hawk-like beak, a flat face, and usually a conspicuous circle of feathers around each eye called a facial disc. Their large eyes are fixed in their sockets.