burrowing owl


: a small diurnal chiefly ground-dwelling American owl (Athene cunicularia) of grassland and desert regions that roosts and nests in burrows

Examples of burrowing owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization hopes to reintroduce more species, such as the burrowing owl, to the island. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 For some at-risk species that have lost most of their native Florida habitat to development, like the burrowing owl and the Florida grasshopper sparrow, ranches represent some of the last scraps of habitat for them. Stephanie Castellano, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Aug. 2023 In other bird news, Vox’s Benji Jones has a fascinating story on burrowing owls in California’s Imperial Valley. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023 Songbirds, limpkins and woodpeckers are also noisily making sure they are heard, while burrowing owls are popping up in open pastures. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2023 The burrowing owl lives its life the opposite of most owls. Megan Marples, CNN, 10 Feb. 2023 Every simple fact, from the burrowing owl’s strikingly persuasive imitation of a rattlesnake’s warning to Darlington’s own lavish curiosity, requires no supporting argument. Melissa Holbrook Pierson, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2023 As far as wild animals go, the western burrowing owl is a tolerant neighbor to humans. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of burrowing owl was in 1823

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“Burrowing owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burrowing%20owl. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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