(syn. Strix Ϯ Great Grey Owl S. nebulosa) Gr. σκοτια skotia  darkness, gloom  < σκοτος skotos  darkness; πτηξις ptēxis, πτηξεως ptēxeōs  terror; "S. cinerea will therefore form the type of our subgenus Scotiaptex: the length and graduated shape of the tail separate it both from Scotophilus and Strix.   ...   Scotiaptex, Sw.  Head smaller, without egrets. Operculum of the ears large, and covering the orifice. Tarsus short, and thickly feathered. Tail graduated, considerably lengthened.   H. cinerea. N. Z. pl. 31.   Uralensis. Pl. Col. 27" (Swainson 1836-1837).    Var. Scotiaptix, ScoptioptexScotioptex, Scoliaptex, Scotioptynx (Gr. πτυγξ ptunx, πτυγγος ptungos  owl).

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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).