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 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 Researchers say at least 225 of them are killed each year by burrowing owls. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Coastal Commission to consider poisoning mice to restore balance on Farallon Islands," 10 July 2019 The explosive growth in mice, which first landed on the islands during the California Gold Rush, has attracted burrowing owls, who not only eat the mice but also prey upon the storm-petrels. Rosanna Xia, latimes.com, "Plan to dump rat poison on Farallon Islands questioned by California Coastal Commission," 10 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of burrowing owl

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Burrowing owl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burrowing%20owl. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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