screech owl


Definition of screech 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 These Eastern screech owls were brought into AWARE after it's believed they were hit by cars. Amy Chillag, CNN, "Millions of wild animals are killed or injured unintentionally each year in the US and here's how you can help," 17 Mar. 2020 When Multnomah County Animal Services arrived on the scene, the rescuers bundled up the adult Western screech owl and took it to Portland Audubon for treatment. oregonlive, "Portland police officer rescues injured owl from crow attack, stands guard until more help arrives," 11 Oct. 2019 On Saturdays, from June 2 to Saturday, June 30, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., meet two of North America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestreland and the eastern screech owl. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Spring into outdoor events at Patuxent Wildlife Visitor Center [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 17 May 2018 Meet two of North America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestrel and eastern screech owl. Sara Ervin Walser, Laurel Leader, "Nature programs at Patuxent Research in full swing [South Laurel/Montpelier]," 28 June 2018 Come prepared for a walk in the woodlands of Wehr in search for the great horned owl and Eastern screech owl. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: 'The Cat in the Hat' at First Stage and Winterfest at the Botanical Gardens," 17 Jan. 2018 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

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First Known Use of screech owl

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Screech owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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