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 As far as wild animals go, the western burrowing owl is a tolerant neighbor to humans. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 The burrowing owl lives its life the opposite of most owls. Megan Marples, CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 To further support this illusion, an outdoor speaker was set up at these sites to periodically play burrowing owl calls during the week before the animals were released from their acclimation enclosures, and during the following week. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 The Ramona grasslands are the second site in San Diego County slated for burrowing owl reintroduction. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 15 July 2020 Still, burrowing owls are in a unique position to survive, and even thrive, in urban environments. Erin Stone, azcentral, 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, 7 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of burrowing owl

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 27 May. 2022.

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