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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Screech \Screech\, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream. [1913 Webster] Screech bird, or Screech thrush (Zool.), the fieldfare; -- so called from its harsh cry before rain. Screech rain. Screech hawk (Zool.), the European goatsucker; -- so called from its note. [Prov. Eng.] Screech owl. (Zool.) (a) A small American owl (Scops asio), either gray or reddish in color. (b) The European barn owl. The name is applied also to other species. [1913 Webster]