(syn. Glaucidium Ϯ Pearl-spotted Owlet G. perlatum) Gr. νυκτι- nukti-  night-  < νυξ nux, νυκτος nuktos  night; πετης petēs  winged, flyer  < πετομαι petomai  to fly; "Among these tropical passerine owls there exists, at present, so much confusion in regard to the names of the species, that we can hardly venture to cite one, by its correct name, as an example. M. Temminck has increased this confusion so much, that, although the group is almost exclusively American, we may quote the Nyctipetes perlatus Sw.* of Western Africa as a type.  ...  NYCTIPETES, Sw.  Sparrow Owls.  Size very small. Facial disk obsolete. Ears very small. Wings very short, rounded. Tail moderate, rounded. Tarsi of variable length. Middle toe lengthened.  * N. perlatus. W. Af. i. 130.  Ϯ cunicularia. Bon. Am. O. pl. 1.  ...  * Erroneously named a Scolophilus.   Ϯ Probably the type of the whole." (Swainson 1827).   Var. Nyctipes (L. pes, pedis  foot  < Gr. πους pous, ποδος podos  foot (i.e. wandering)), Nyctipethes.

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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 12 December 2018).