burrowing owl

noun

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

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Eventually the Antiguan Department of Environment hopes to reintroduce burrowing owls to the island. Geoffrey Giller, Scientific American, "Island Lizards Shift to Evolutionary Fast-Track after Invasive Goats and Rats Are Eradicated," 30 Apr. 2018 This also will become the home for the screech owls, barn owls and burrowing owls. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Birds of Prey gets a rare addition and a multimillion-dollar expansion | Idaho Statesman," 12 Mar. 2018 Others, including imperiled Eastern indigo snakes and burrowing owls, rely on tortoise accommodations to escape fire, cold and predation. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva Parkway gopher tortoises face rough road," 27 Feb. 2018 Presentations will include a display of falcons and hawks by master falconer Cisco Clibourne, a seminar on the migration of Swainson’s hawks through Borrego, the natural history of roadrunners, hummingbirds, and burrowing owls. Ernie Cowan Outdoors, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Conservancy finishes survey of plant, wildlife species," 14 Feb. 2018 The four zones are: Desert: Just beyond the entrance will be a dung beetle globe fountain, rope climb and an animal care facility adjacent to an exhibit featuring prairie dogs, burrowing owls and fennec foxes. Roger Showley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$30M record gift will jumpstart a new Children's Zoo, opening in 2021," 12 Jan. 2018 Commission staff recommended that the project be reduced to about 20 acres outside of areas identified as environmentally sensitive habitat, particularly for burrowing owls. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Banning Ranch landowner seeks to drop suit against Coastal Commission," 15 Dec. 2017

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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