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The article didn't make it clear to me why it makes sense to split owls into typical owls and barn owls. The main distinction (heart-shaped face formed by certain feathers) doesn't have any obvious overwhelming importance. Is this just a case where genetic relationships justify what would otherwise not be an obvious distinction?--184.108.40.206 01:13, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
- The distinction pre-dates DNA analysis, and is based on structural differences. These include "a heart-shaped facial disk, an elongated, compressed bill, proportionately smaller eyes than Strigidae owls, long legs, an inner toe, which is as long as the middle one, with a pectinate claw, and a sternum with two notches which is fused with the furcula". jimfbleak 06:19, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
- Tytonidae has a disc-shape of the head (flat), eye sockets, and incredibly long leg bones. In French, Tytonidae is known as effraie.
- Yet another distinction among Strigidae; hibou has "horns" of feathers and chouette does not. In English all three are known only as "owl"! --Yakksoho (talk) 05:35, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
- This was recently proposed at Talk:Barn Owl#Article name and didn't garner any support. Sabine's Sunbird talk 22:16, 8 April 2008 (UTC)
Owl & Pussycat video
This video has a barn owl -- lots of images