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tawny owl

a European owl, Strix aluco, having a reddish-brown or grey plumage, black eyes, and a round head Also called brown owl, wood owl

Tawny Owl

a name (no longer in official use) for an assistant Brownie Guider
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  • The tawny owl has five eggs, white and smooth; and this is the kind that hoots at night.

    Little Men Louisa May Alcott
  • The tawny owl has a large head, and is about fourteen inches in height.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Suddenly, from the ruined garden above him on the brow of the slope, came the dread hunting cry of his old enemy, the tawny owl.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • The white owl was out, with its peculiar grating cry; so was the tawny owl, breaking forth into its loud hail—hoi-hoi-hoi!

    Crown and Sceptre George Manville Fenn
  • In the river, on the opposite side from where the tawny owl lay, a stream drowns itself.

    When a Man's Single J. M. Barrie
  • Rob never spoke of the tawny owl without an effort, but he showed that he appreciated Dick's unspoken sympathy.

    When a Man's Single J. M. Barrie
  • We have known a tawny owl to kill and devour a Kestrel which had been kept in the same aviary with it.

    The Ornithology of Shakespeare James Edmund Harting
  • Rarest of all, we may sometimes stumble across the home of the tawny owl.

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