screech owl


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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, 17 Jan. 2018 And the screech owl’s song is described as either a trill or whiny. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of screech owl

1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of screech owl was in 1567

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“Screech owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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