(Strigidae; Ϯ Little Owl A. noctua) Gr. myth. Athene, goddess of wisdom, war and the liberal arts, whose favourite bird was the owl (γλαυξ glaux), an ancient association from her primitive role as goddess of the night; "3. Familie.  Tageulen, Surnia.   ...   17. Gattung. Athene.   32. passerina.   33. Tengmalmi.   34. acadica." (Boie 1822); "Athene Boie, Isis von Oken, 1822, Bd. 1, col. 549. Type, by subsequent designation, A. noctua (Retz.) Boie, Pl. enl. 439. Str. passerina Auct. = Strix noctua Scopoli. (G. R. Gray, List Gen. Bds., ed. 2, 1841, p. 7.)" (Peters 1940, IV, 147). The Little Owl is depicted on ancient Athenian coins, and  still features on that city’s badge.
Synon. Carine, Cunistrix, Noctua, Pholeoptynx, Speotyto.
● (syn. Megascops Ϯ Puerto Rican Screech Owl M. nudipes) "Strigidae  ...  Athene: St. nudipes Daud. u.s.w." (Boie 1826).   Var. Athena.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).