Forest Owlet / Athene blewitti

Forest Owlet / Athene blewitti

Forest Owlet

SCI Name:  Athene blewitti
Protonym:  Heteroglaux Blewitti Str.Feath. 1 p.468
Category:  Strigiformes / Strigidae /
Taxonomy Code:  forowl1
Type Locality:  Busnah, Phooljan State, India.
Publish Year:  1873
IUCN Status:  


(Strigidae; 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; the Little Owl is depicted on ancient Athenian coins, and still features on the badge of that city; "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, p. 147).
Var. AltheneAthelle.
Synon. Carine, Cunistrix, Glaux, Noctua, Pholeoptynx, Speotyto.
• (Strigidae; syn. Megascops  Puerto Rican Screech Owl M. nudipes) "IV. Fam. Strigidae   ...   Athene: St. nudipes Daud. u.s.w." (Boie 1826); "Athene Boie, 1826, Isis von Oken, XIX (x), col. 970.  Type, by monotypy, Strix nudipes Daudin, 1800." (JAJ 2020).
Var. Athena.

Francis Robert Blewitt, Jr. (1815-1881) British civil servant in India, naturalist, oologist, collector (Heteroglaux, subsp. Perdicula erythrorhyncha).