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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And the screech owl’s song is described as either a trill or whiny. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter birding in Wisconsin delivers sightings of snowy owls, eagles and more," 16 Feb. 2018 About that Latin name: the genus name Aegolius is a type of screech owl thought to be a bird of ill omen. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "During long summer days in Alaska, Boreal owls perform by daylight," 30 June 2018 Both expert hunters, the American kestrel uses its acrobatic prowess, while the eastern screech owl is a stealthy silent hunter. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Nature programs at Patuxent Research in full swing [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 28 June 2018 Both expert hunters, the American kestrel uses its acrobatic prowess, while the eastern screech owl is a stealthy silenthunter. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Spring into outdoor events at Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 17 May 2018 The one that's easiest to attract is the screech owl, says Bancroft. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "How To Attract Owls To Your Backyard," 14 Aug. 2015 The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey placed an Eastern screech owl that was found with a fractured wing after Hurricane Irma with SeaWorld Orlando. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane Irma survivor Irma the owl finds home at SeaWorld," 24 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 Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night time spiders and much more. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Calendar highlights," 23 Jan. 2018

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1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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screech owl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of screech owl

: a kind of small American owl that has bunches of feathers that look like ears on the sides of its head

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