(syn. Otus Ϯ Mountain Scops Owl O. spilocephalus) Genus Athene Boie, 1822, owl; Gr. πτερον pteron  wing; "E. Spilocephalus. BLYTH?  ...  In some respects this species approximates to Athene, the fourth and fifth quills are equal and longest (and not the third and fourth as according to Jerdon they should be in Ephialtes) while the note is almost identical with, or at any rate is of precisely the same character as that of G. Brodiei.  Capt. Hutton, who quite independently noticed the peculiar rounded shape of the wing, but from want of works of reference, identified this species with Pennatus, proposed (in Epist.) to separate it under a new genus as Athenoptera, and should such separation be deemed expedient, the name is an appropriate one." (Hume 1870); "Athenoptera "Hutton in epist." Hume, Rough Notes, pt. 1, no. 2, 1870, p. 392, in text. Type, by monotypy, Ephialtes spilocephalus Blyth." (Peters 1940, IV, 86).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2018).