screech owlscreech owl
- any of various small New World owls (genus Otus) of a worldwide family (Strigidae), characterized by feathered ear tufts and an eerie, wailing cry rather than a hoot
- Brit. any owl with such a cry
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.
(plural screech owls)
- A particular small North American owl.