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     There are two families of owls with barn owls being the only members of the family Tytonidae present in the New World.  (A second genus in this family, Phodilus, is known in the Old World and has some characters which seem intermediate between the two owl families.)  Barn owls are most common in tropical and subtropical regions.  Barn owls can make a diversity of sounds: more than 15 separate calls in addition to tongue-clicking and wing clapping.  Because of their broad geographic range, they feed on a variety of prey items and do much of their hunting over open ground.

Barn owls are very tolerant of people and feed primarily on mammals.

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