The genus Athene contains two to four living species of small owls. These birds are small, brown and white speckled owls, with yellow eyes and white eyebrows. This genus is found in all continents except for Australia, Antarctica, and Subsaharan Africa.
The Cretan Owl was a flightless or near-flightless form that was more than 50 cm (almost 2 ft) tall. It went extinct soon after the island of Crete became inhabitated by humans.
Late Miocene (about 11 mya) fossil remains from Rudabánya (NE Hungary) have been tentatively assigned to this genus (Bernor et al. 2002). Considering the known fossil range of Athene and the misassignments of many Miocene strigids from Europe, it may be a basal member of the present genus or not belong here. The supposed species "Athene" murivora is the name given to subfossil bones of male Rodrigues Owls.
Distribution and abundance of western burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) in southeastern California.(Report)
Sep 01, 2011; The western burrowing owl (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) has declined in recent decades across much of its range (Wedgwood, 1978;...
Relationships between Yolk Androgens and Nest Density, Laying Date, and Laying Order in Western Burrowing Owls (Athene Cunicularia Hypugaea)
Feb 01, 2012; Introduction Variation in avian yolk androgens occurs among eggs of a single clutch, different clutches in the same area,...