screech owl

noun

Definition of screech owl

1 : barn owl
2 : any of various New World owls (genus Otus) especially : either of two small owls (O. asio of eastern North America and O. kennicottii of western North America) with a pair of tufts of lengthened feathers on the head resembling ears

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Examples of screech owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other species to watch for include Arizona woodpecker, whiskered screech owl and Hutton’s vireo. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 Magle assigned the Eastern screech owl to the Bengals because it's found in Ohio and shares a similar color to the team. Megan Marples, CNN, 13 Feb. 2022 The resort’s roster includes six Harris’s hawks, one peregrine falcon, one Eurasian eagle owl, one barn owl and an Eastern screech owl. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 Get a glimpse of the falconry program and meet Owlivia, the resort’s screech owl. Lea Lane, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 On the evening of June 9, a person out walking a dog in Wareham came across a young screech owl on the side of the road in Onset. BostonGlobe.com, 21 May 2021 In addition to its tall trees, the 70-acre Sequoia Park Zoo, established in 1907, keeps bald eagles, river otters and a Western screech owl named Chillido on display. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 June 2021 But after an older screech owl dies, how does its surviving mate recognize, out of the smaller pool of potential mates, which birds are its age? Laura Erickson, Popular Science, 6 Nov. 2020 These Eastern screech owls were brought into AWARE after it's believed they were hit by cars. Amy Chillag, CNN, 17 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of screech owl

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Screech owl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/screech%20owl. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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