Screech, n. A harsh, shrill cry, as of one in acute pain or in fright; a shriek; a scream.
Screech bird, or Screech thrush Zool., the fieldfare; -- so called from its harsh cry before 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.