BBC Wildlife Magazine
A parliament of owls
The term ‘a parliament of owls’ comes from The Chronicles of Narnia novels, written by CS Lewis in the 1950s. It’s a reference to Chaucer’s poem The Parliament of Fowls, where the world’s birds gather to find a mate. Lewis adapts Chaucer with a council of owls who meet to discuss the affairs of Narnia. Owls are thought to be wise ever since the Ancient Greeks depicted the birds accompanying and representing Athena, the goddess of wisdom.