First, a reason this might matter would be a multiclassed Druid/Monk using Wild Shape and hoping to use Flurry of Blows, the latter of which states:
Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action.
So say we are transformed, via Wild Shape, into an Owl and we use our “Talons” action. Can we then use Flurry of Blows?
I’m unsure what the case is given that the Monster Manual states (page 10):
When a monster takes its action, it can choose from the options in the Actions section of its stat block or use one of the actions available to all creatures, such as the Dash or Hide action, as described in the Player’s Handbook.
“Talons” is not one of the actions available to all creatures, but the Attack action is so I’m unsure whether Talons also counts as the Attack action and if so, why/how?
In addition the Essentials Kit describes the “Use a Special Ability” action as follows (page 36):
Many class features give you special ways to use your action. Monsters also have their own special actions, as described in their stat blocks.
Are these “special actions” things like “Talons” or is “Talons” a use of the Attack action?
Can a Monk use Flurry of Blows while under the effects of Wild Shape; are actions such as the Owl’s “Talons” considered the Attack action?