Screech-owl meaning

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.
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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.
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Any owl with such a cry.
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A North American owl belonging to the Megascops genus.
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(UK) The barn owl, Tyto alba.
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A particular small North American owl.
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Origin of screech-owl

  • From the fact that these species are owls which emit screeching calls.
    From Wiktionary