(syn. Asio Ϯ Short-eared Owl A. otus galapagoensis) Gr. βραχυς brakhus  short; ους ous, ωτος ōtos  ear (cf. Gr. βραχυς brakhus  little; genus Otus Pennant, 1769, owl; specific name Strix brachyotos Forster, 1772 (= syn. Asio flammeus)); "OTUS (Brachyotus) GALAPAGOENSIS.  ... This species belongs to that section of the horned owls which comprehends the short-eared owl of England, and numerous other nearly allied forms which are distributed universally over the globe, from all of which it may be distinguished by its smaller size and darker colouring. I am led to regard the members of this section as possessing characters of sufficient value to justify their being separated into a distinct genus, for which I propose the name of Brachyotus" (Gould 1837).

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Jobling, J. A. (2020). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2020). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 February 2020).