(syn. Ninox Ϯ Speckled Hawk Owl N. punctulata) Gr. κεφαλη kephalē  head; πτυγξ ptunx, πτυγγος ptungos  owl; "a. Subgenus CEPHALOPTYNX, Kp.  ... 1. Athene punctulata, G. Gray; Noctua punctulata, Quoy and Gaim. Astral. T. I fig. 1. - Larger than Ath. noctua, with larger head and bill" (Kaup 1852).

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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 www.hbw.com on 12 December 2018).