(syn. Ninox Ϯ Powerful Owl N. strenua) Frederic Lee Berney (1865-1949) Australian ornithologist, President of the RAOU 1934-1935; Gr. ορνις ornis, ορνιθος ornithos  bird; "The definition of the generic characters revealed, as it most commonly does, a bad blunder in connection with the species classed under Hieracoglaux. The two species connivens and strenua are obviously not congeneric, and, furthermore, if it were possible to lump Spiloglaux, Hieracoglaux and Rhabdoglaux, as Sharpe did and Hartert still does, strenua (Athene? strenua Gould) would have to be differentiated. I therefore provide for this magnificent species the new generic name BERNEYORNIS.  It gives me very great pleasure to thus perpetuate the name of my friend Mr. Frederic L. Berney, whose notes on his observations in the field are most excellent and have proved of more than ordinary interest in many connections." (Mathews 1916); "Berneyornis Mathews, Bds. Austr., 5, 1916, p. 305. Type, by original designation and monotypy, Athene (?) strenua Gould." (Peters 1940, IV, 136).

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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 on 13 December 2018).