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little owl

n.
A small owl (Athene noctua) of Eurasia and Africa, having streaked brownish plumage.
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little owl

n
(Animals) a small Old World owl, Athene noctua, having a speckled brown plumage and flattish head
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Noun1.little owl - small European owllittle owl - small European owl      
bird of Minerva, bird of night, owl, hooter - nocturnal bird of prey with hawk-like beak and claws and large head with front-facing eyes
genus Athene, Athene - a genus of Strigidae
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May 15th.--How cruel it was of me to put those poor little owls into a cage even for one night!
The next morning, as we approached the Rio Colorado, the appearance of the country changed; we soon came on a plain covered with turf, which, from its flowers, tall clover, and little owls, resembled the Pampas.
The same thing occurs with the little owl of the Pampas (Athene cunicularia), which has so often been described as standing like a sentinel at the mouth of the burrows; for in Banda Oriental, owing to the absence of the Bizcacha, it is obliged to hollow out its own habitation.
"I don't know how she did it," she continued, and ceased, and there was a long pause, in which a little owl called first here, then there, as it moved from tree to tree in the garden.
| LINCOLNSHIRE: Non-electric grass tent or trailer tent pitches are available from PS36 at Little Owls Campsite in Market Rasen.
Owls Up Late!", thoroughly entertaining and adorable countdown to bedtime book as they peek through the pages and spot the mischievous owls in this fun counting book Ten little owls are playing in a tree, / hopping and hooting happily.
Blackbirds and little owls, nesting in the same barn.
Little owls have been dying out in the UK in the past 50 years and it is thought just few thousand breeding pairs remain.
Little owls are the smallest owls regularly found in Britain, though they are not native to these shores, having been introduced by a couple of wealthy landowners during Victorian times.
In the Czech Republic, the little owl's occurrence was recorded in 40 mapping squares, which represent 20.8 % of the mapping squares which were controlled for little owls (n = 192), however only 6.4 % of overall number of mapping squares on the country level (n = 628).