A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

OWL

Sun, 21 Nov '21
Quail : bevy :: ___ : parliament
Mon, 11 Oct '21
Bird in a barn
Fri, 19 Mar '21
Night ___
Wed, 24 Feb '21
Fly-by-night sort?
Mon, 8 Feb '21
Messenger bird in the Harry Potter books