burrowing owl


Definition of 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 In November, the Audubon will be launching yet another beer and bird combo that will focus on the burrowing owl. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "Federal agency keeps protections on Arizona's ‘rain crow,’ rejecting opposition," 23 Sep. 2020 Andrew Lee snapped this fortuitous shot of a burrowing owl mother and her owlets peering in the same direction in Ontario, Canada. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Birds Dive, Splash and Play in These Prize-Winning Photos," 15 July 2020 Still, burrowing owls are in a unique position to survive, and even thrive, in urban environments. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Burrowing owls are losing their habitat to growth, but there's hope for the quirky bird," 24 Mar. 2020 Researchers say at least 225 of the rare petrels are killed each year by burrowing owls, about 40% of the total number of deaths. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Exterminating mice with poison would protect rare seabirds on Farallones, study says," 7 Oct. 2019 More from Peter Fimrite The report by Point Blue, which has scientists stationed year-round on the archipelago, said burrowing owls stop to rest on the islands every year during their fall migration. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Exterminating mice with poison would protect rare seabirds on Farallones, study says," 7 Oct. 2019 Worst of all, the mice attract burrowing owls, which feed on the rodents until their population crashes in the winter. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 The mitigation lands are now reverting back to habitat for San Joaquin kit foxes, blunt-nosed leopard lizards, burrowing owls and other at-risk species. Los Angeles Times, "California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up," 31 July 2019 Fish and Wildlife Service staffers also plan to be present on the island to remove mouse carcasses before scavengers and raptors like burrowing owls have a chance to feed on them and indirectly imbibe the poison. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Burrowing owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burrowing%20owl. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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