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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the subclass Neognathae — the owls.
The birds are also unusual within the Owls (Strigiformes) in being sexually dimorphic in coloration, with the male being almost pure white, the female being heavily barred.
Molecular evolution and systematics of the owls (Strigiformes).
Loosely, to mean almost any bird of prey outside of the order Strigiformes (owls).
Strigiformes bear enlarged talons with comparatively low curvature on each digit, part of a suite of adaptations to increase constriction efficiency by maximising grip strength, indicative of specialisation on small prey.