Owl Species Citation List - Select Genus

The following lists of owl description sources were derived in part from www.zoonomen.net (special thanks to Alan P. Peterson, M.D. for his decade of effort on owls and other species!), and prepared by Alan Sieradzki, David H. Johnson, Paul M. Radley, and Deane P. Lewis for the Global Owl Project. These citations reflect the original descriptions of owl species and subspecies as they were newly reported to science. Following the scientific name is a citation; following this is the full citation. The taxonomic sequence used here is fundamentally Sibley & Monroe; modifications include:

1. corrections to data from Sibley & Monroe
2. spelling
3. authorial attribution
4. dates of citation
5. taxa added since Sibley & Monroe
6. rearrangement to reflect AOU Checklist (through 7th Ed.).

In the 30 months or so that we've spent tracking down these descriptions, we have downloaded papers from 9 online data bases. We have employed the co-operation of 10 PhD's, 4 senior researchers and 19 librarians of 13 Libraries, 13 Museums, 7 Universities and 9 Organisations from 15 countries on 5 continents to bring together 671 papers, published in 11 languages, culminating in a total of 1,589 pages of data. We now present this information to you, to help you in conserving the world's owls.

There are 225 species and 417 subspecies in the database, totaling 642. These are organised in 26 Genera.

Tyto (Billberg) 1828, Synopsis Faunae Scaniviae, 1, pt.2 (AVES), tab.A (Conspectus Classis AVIUM universalis, secundum), page 2.
Otus Pennant, Thomas. 1769. Indian Zoology (Indn. Zool.), p 3.
(Kaup) 1848, Isis von Oken, No.41, col.769.
Pyrroglaux Yamashina, Yoshimaro. 1938. Tori Nihon Torigaku Kwai [Tori, The Aves] Bulletin of the Ornithological Society of Japan (Tori) 10: p 1.
Gymnoglaux Cabanis, Jean Louis. 1855. Journal fur Ornithologie (J. Orn.) 3: p 466.
Mimizuku Hachisuka, Masa Uji, marquis. 1934. The birds of the Philippine Islands, with notes on the mammal fauna... (Birds Philip. Is.; Hachisuka, Masauji 1931-35 2 vol. [issued in 4 pts.]): vol. 2, pt. 3, p 50.
Bubo Dumeril, Andre Marie Constant. 1806. Zoologie Analytique, ou Methode naturelle de Classification des Animauxe, rendue plus facile a laide de tableaux synoptiques (Zool. Anal.): p.34
All Ketupa now placed in genus Bubo
Lesson, Rene Primevere. 1830. Traite d'Ornithologie (Traited Orn.): livraison 1, p 114.
All Nyctea now placed in genus Bubo
Stephens, James Francis. 1826. General Zoology, or systematic natural history / by George Kearsley Shaw; [and afterwards (Vol. IX-XIV) by J. F. Stephens], with plates from the first authorities and most select specimens engraved principally by Mr. Heath [and afterwards Mrs. Griffith]. (General IX-XIV, pt.1 Aves by J.F. Stephens 1815-26). (Gen. Zool. [Shaw]) 13: pt. 2, p 62.
Scotopelia Bonaparte, Charles Lucien Jules Laurent. 1850. Conspectus generum avium (Consp. Gen. Av.) 1: p 44.
Strix Linnaeus, Carolis. 1758. Systema Naturae (Syst. Nat.) ed. 10: p 92.
All Ciccaba now placed in genus Strix
Wagler. 1832. Isis 25 col.1222
Pulsatrix Kaup, Johannes Jacob. 1848. Isis (oder Encyclopaedische Zeitung, von Oken 1817-1848 Jena) 41: col. 771.
Glaucidium Boie, Friedrich. 1826. Isis (oder Encyclopaedische Zeitung, von Oken 1817-1848 Jena) 19: col. 976.
Xenoglaux ONeill, John Patton, & Graves, Gary R. 1977. Auk 94: p.409-416.
Micrathene Coues, Elliot. 1866. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia) 18: p 51.
Athene Boie, Friedrich. 1822. Isis (oder Encyclopaedische Zeitung, von Oken 1817-1848 Jena) 10, 11: col. 549.
Ninox Hodgson, Brian Houghton (Bryan). 1837. Madras Journal of Literature and Science (Madras J .Lit .Sci.; London, Madras) 5: p 23.
Uroglaux Mayr, Ernst (Walter). 1937. American Museum Novitates (Am. Mus. Novit.): no. 939, p 6.
Sceloglaux Kaup, Johannes Jacob. 1848. Isis (oder Encyclopaedische Zeitung, von Oken 1817-1848 Jena) 41: col. 768
Pseudoscops Kaup, Johannes Jacob. 1848. Isis (oder Encyclopaedische Zeitung, von Oken 1817-1848 Jena) 41: col. 769.
Nesasio Peters, James Lee. 1937. Journal of the Washington Academy of Science (J. Wash. Acad. Sci.) 27: p 82.