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brown owl

another name for tawny owl

Brown Owl

a name (no longer in official use) for Brownie Guider
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  • Long may the brown owl live to chant his dim song in "Yallam" Wood—and long may he escape the gun and trap of the gamekeeper!

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset Robert Thurston Hopkins
  • And I have a brown owl, a china one, sitting on a book for a letter weight.

    Last Words Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • Then the long-drawn wail of the brown owl drove them below in haste.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Douglas English
  • Just then, Mr. brown owl, who spends a good deal of his time on our shed watching for mice, flew down and picked up the rat.

    The Gray Goose's Story Amy Prentice
  • The brown owl considered for a moment and everyone waited in silence.

  • Mr. White, of Selborne, says he knew a brown owl to live a whole year without water.

    Mamma's Stories about Birds Anonymous (AKA the author of "Chickseed without Chickweed")
  • Luckily for him the brown owl had meanwhile flown away with another young vole in her claws.

    Creatures of the Night Alfred W. Rees
  • Under such conditions the brown owl would not dare leave the hole in his tree.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
  • The barn-owl is the "screech" owl of bird literature; the brown owl the true hooting owl.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Then there is the brown owl, which utters that mournful hooting sound which one so often hears by night in wooded districts.

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