short-eared owl

\ ˈshȯrt-ˌird- How to pronounce short-eared owl (audio) \

Definition of short-eared owl

: a medium-sized nearly cosmopolitan owl (Asio flammeus) that has very short ear tufts and usually nests on the ground

Examples of short-eared owl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass. Audubon Society: Greater Boston: A stilt sandpiper and a short-eared owl were seen in the Summer Street sector of Belle Isle Marsh in Winthrop., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 There were two Northern harriers and a short-eared owl at Southwick Wildlife Management Area, a rough-legged hawk along Old Greenfield Road in Montague, two merlins along Edendale Street in Springfield, and an Eastern phoebe at the Hadley Cove., "Bird sightings," 2 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of short-eared owl

1766, in the meaning defined above

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“Short-eared owl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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