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burrowing owl

noun
1.
a long-legged terrestrial owl, Athene cunicularia, of North and South America, that digs a nesting burrow in open prairie land.
Origin of burrowing owl
1810-1820
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20
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  • The burrowing owl derives its name from the place in which it makes its nest.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • If it be summer and the sun well down, there will be a burrowing owl to call.

  • The children drew a long breath that could hardly be distinguished from the soft whisperingwhoo-hooof the burrowing owl.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • The burrowing owl likes a comfortable home underground, out of the way of enemies.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The burrowing owl has no trouble in taking a house where he finds one to suit him, for he's a savage little fellow.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The burrowing owl is a comical-looking fellow, only about as large as a robin.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • Florida burrowing owl (floridana), is smaller and whiter; found in southern Florida.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • Unlike other species of owls, the burrowing owl is especially fitted for a subterranean mode of life.

  • It is not possible to disassociate the call of the burrowing owl from the late slant light of the mesa.

  • In passing through a village of prairie dogs, of which we saw great numbers, Mr. Peale killed a burrowing owl.

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