Cretan owl

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Cretan owl
Temporal range: Pleistocene
Candiacervus ropalophorus.jpg
Athene cretensis and Candiacervus ropalophorus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
Genus: Athene
A. cretensis
Binomial name
Athene cretensis
Weesie, 1982

The Cretan owl (Athene cretensis) is an extinct species of owl from the Pleistocene of the island of Crete, in the eastern Mediterranean. It was first named by Weesie in 1982.[1] In life, it would have been at least 60 cm tall, and flightless or nearly flightless. The Cretan owl became extinct after humans moved into Crete.


  • Faunal Extinction in an Island Society - Pygmy Hippopotamus Hunters of Cyprus (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology) by Alan H. Simmons and G.A. Clarke (Pg.176)