Any of numerous owls of the genus Otus (family Strigidae). Both New World species and Old World species (called scops owls) have a facial disk and ear tufts. In spite of their name, they do not in fact screech. Their colouring resembles tree bark, and they are 8–12 in. (20–30 cm) long. They eat mostly small mammals, birds, and insects. Notable species are the common screech owl (O. asio) of North America, the flammulated owl (O. flammeolus) of western North America, and the common scops owl (O. scops) of southern Europe, Asia, and Africa.
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Screech may mean:
birding; ON THE WING; Owl attitude; The Eastern screech-owl is a small bird with a big presence. But don't try to find one by listening for its namesake call.(VARIETY)
Sep 02, 2009; Byline: JIM WILLIAMS As I walked along the Mississippi River on a summer evening, I was listening for one thing: the soto voce...