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.
People must have been fascinated by owls to have so many different terms for them!
Not to turn this discussion into a biological debate, but doesn't 'strix' also means 'owl'?
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.
Oh yes, and one does "noctuas Athenas portare".
But bubo is certainly a useful word. Bubo bubo is a well-known species.
Hope they change it, cause that is the beauty of Latin, full richness of words.