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scops owl

[skops] /skɒps/
any of a group of small owls having ear tufts and a whistling call, especially Otus scops (Old World scops owl) and O. sunia (Oriental scops owl)
Origin of scops owl
1815-25; < New Latin < Greek skṓps little horned owl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "But she is innocent as that bird in the air," screamed her lover, pointing to a scops owl which was sailing above the cypresses.

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