Ascalaphia

(syn. Bubo Ϯ Desert Eagle Owl B. ascalaphus) Gr. ασκαλαφος askalaphos  bird mentioned by Aristotle, usually identified as a sort of owl. As in most owl names the generic terms were frequently confused and interchanged; "Ascalaphie (Ascalaphia). Ce genre a été établi par le professeur pour un oiseau à aigrettes dont les ailes sont courtes, mais construites sur le type aigu, et qui se trouve en Égypte et quelques autres parties de l'Afrique" (I. Geoffroy St.-Hilaire 1837) (per Richmond Card Index).  Var. Ascalaphus, Ascalapha.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 16 December 2018).