screech owl


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to screech owl: barn owl, Eastern Screech Owl

screech owl

n.
Any of various small owls of the genus Megascops of the Americas, especially M. asio of eastern and central North America and M. kennicottii of western North America, having ear tufts and a quavering whistlelike call.

screech owl

n
1. (Animals) a small North American owl, Otus asio, having ear tufts and a reddish-brown or grey plumage
2. (Animals) Brit any owl that utters a screeching cry

screech′ owl`


n.
any of several small New World owls of the genus Otus, having hornlike tufts of feathers, as O. asio, of E North America.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.screech owl - any owl that has a screeching cryscreech owl - any owl that has a screeching cry  
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
2.screech owl - small North American owl having hornlike tufts of feathers whose call sounds like a quavering whistlescreech owl - small North American owl having hornlike tufts of feathers whose call sounds like a quavering whistle
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 Otus, Otus - a genus of Strigidae
Translations

screech owl

nSchleiereule f

screech owl

ngufo comune
References in classic literature ?
Not even rats in the wall, for they were starved out, or rather were never baited in -- only squirrels on the roof and under the floor, a whip-poor-will on the ridge-pole, a blue jay screaming beneath the window, a hare or woodchuck under the house, a screech owl or a cat owl behind it, a flock of wild geese or a laughing loon on the pond, and a fox to bark in the night.
When other birds are still, the screech owls take up the strain, like mourning women their ancient u-lu-lu.
Visit the animals at Screech Owl Wildlife Park, Trewin Farm, Saint Columb.
The Screech Owl Sanctuary in St Columb was next, home to one of the biggest collections of owls in Britain, with more than 40 different species from all over the world.
Key words: ocular trauma, anterior chamber, uveitis, air bubble, avian, eastern screech owl, Megascops asio
In one morning, we hunted for butterflies in the meadow, inspected frogs and salamanders in the creek down the hill, climbed logs, talked to birds of prey, watched a baby screech owl from a foot away, and shared lunch with friends under a beautiful blue summer sky.
If you've ever seen the movie, My Cousin Vinny, then you know what a screech owl sounds like.
Caption: Above: Longleaf pine forest; center left: A red phase eastern screech owl perches briefly in front of his cavity; bottom left: A drake wood duck in a cypress swamp
The eyes of the screech owl on the cover follow you around the room, eerily, with one pupil dilated and one not.
1967: An experimental comparison of screech owl predation on resident and transient white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus).
Additional species identified and studied include several species of bats, insects, moths and butterflies, multiple birds including hermit thrush, scarlet tanager, northern cardinal, blue jay, European Starling, red-bellied woodpecker, and Eastern screech owl. Central Park also contains evidence of at least three species of turtles, frogs, and dragonflies.
If you can't place the name, here's a hint: his voice was preceded by a dial tone followed by a noise that sounded like a screech owl in a windstorm.