https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hermesianax

Habetne Minerva bubonem? Immo, noctuam!

In the skill "gods", we are taught that Minerva is accompanied by an owl, bubo (literally "horned owl"). This is not technically correct: the owl associated with Minerva is, in fact, the noctua, "night-owl". This owl is also called the 'little owl', which carries the scientific name Athene noctua.

September 8, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

People must have been fascinated by owls to have so many different terms for them!

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BasJongene

Not to turn this discussion into a biological debate, but doesn't 'strix' also means 'owl'?

September 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

Thankyou! Very interesting! This reminds my of the confusion I faced about learning that Harry Potter does not have a 'búho' but a 'lechuza' in Spanish.

September 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VladaFu

Oh yes, and one does "noctuas Athenas portare".

But bubo is certainly a useful word. Bubo bubo is a well-known species.

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuanGomezBernal

Hope they change it, cause that is the beauty of Latin, full richness of words.

September 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColinJParry

Thank you for pointing the out.

September 13, 2019
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